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Projects featuring inspirational and impactful collaborations between business and academics are being invited to enter the fifth Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.

Designed to throw a spotlight on projects that have had a positive impact on the economy, society or the environment, the awards are open to universities, colleges, research institutions and businesses.

Next year’s awards will have six categories including the Innovation of the Year award, the multiparty collaboration award, and the Rising Star award for students who have helped to increase innovation within a business.

The awards are organised by SFC-funded Interface whose Director, Dr Siobhán Jordan, said:

“We would like to see entries from as many university and college partners as possible. Scotland’s academics and researchers do a tremendous amount of work with industry and that sharing of knowledge can make a huge difference in getting a new idea to market, where it can make a significant difference to people’s lives.”

“Collaborations between universities, colleges and businesses are a transformational force for the innovative economy we need to support Scotland’s future prosperity. The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards play an important role in showcasing this work and I’m very much looking forward to seeing this year’s finalists”.

The judging panel will be looking for collaborations which show innovation, impact and transformation and will also be seeking to honour individuals who have made significant contributions to knowledge exchange.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday, 29 November 2019 with the awards being presented at a celebratory event on 27 February 2020.

Full details of the awards and how to enter can be found on the Interface website.