The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards logo with overlapping coloured triangles

Now in its seventh year, the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards celebrate the exceptional work achieved through academics and businesses, third sector or other end users. Hosted by Interface the Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 17 March, 2022. 

Applications are being invited in eight categories – from businesses, social enterprises, public sector organisations, third sector, universities, research institutes, innovation centres and colleges that, through knowledge exchange, are leading the way towards economic growth, societal improvements and environmental advances in Scotland and beyond. 



The categories for submission are:  

  • Innovation of the YearThis award is given for an innovative product, process or service that has been developed by a business, public sector organisation or third sector over the past five years in conjunction with a university, research institute or college partner.  
  • Multiparty Collaboration: Open to groups of three or more parties working together on an innovative research project; the group must include research partners from Scottish academia and at least one business. 
  • Knowledge Exchange ChampionRecognising an individual in academia (university, research institute or college), business, social enterprise or support organisation who has made an outstanding contribution to Knowledge Exchange. 
  • Making a Social Difference: Celebrating collaborative projects which have achieved significant social impacts that contribute towards a better and fairer future; ultimately promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. Sponsored by CEIS. 
  • Making an Environmental DifferenceCelebrating collaborative projects which have achieved significant environmental impacts that ultimately contribute towards a better and more sustainable future; tackling climate change challenges as well as positively contributing to the Scottish Government’s Net Zero Carbon Emission objectives.
  • Innovator of the FutureOpen to Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associates, Further Education and Higher Education students or Postgraduate Students (including those who have undertaken an Innovation Voucher Student Placement) who have been hosted or sponsored for a minimum of three months by a business, social enterprise or other organisation based in Scotland for a specific project.
  • Knowledge Exchange HeroesRecognising an individual or team behind the scenes in an academic research & innovation or research enterprise office who has/have played a pivotal role in assisting knowledge exchange projects between organisations and academia. 
  • COVID-19 Collaboration ResponseThis award is given for an innovative product, process, service or workforce practice that has been developed by a business, public sector organisation or third sector in response to COVID-19 in collaboration with a university, research institute or college partner.  


The winners will be chosen by a specially selected judging panel who will be seeking collaborations which demonstrate innovation, impact (societal or economic) and transformation, along with recognising the people contributing to knowledge exchange.

Top tips for filling in your application:

  • Make it a team effort - these awards celebrate collaboration and partnership so make sure that each of the parties involved in the collaborative project is involved in the award application
  • Prove it - always back up your claims with evidence, especially proof of innovation and the impacts achieved to all the parties in the collaboration
  • Think about the audience - consider who will be reading your entry. The judges are not experts in your area of expertise so keep it simple, concise, clear and easy to understand
  • Attention to detail - adhere to the word limits and spell check
  • Take your time and plan - don’t leave it until the last minute and get it in on time
  • Blow your own trumpet and shout loud and clear about your achievements – application forms are not the time for modesty, they’re a time to prove you’re the best!


Applications are now closed.