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Now in their sixth year, the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2021 have been launched today. The awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of academic and business partnerships.

Hosted by SFC-funded Interface, the awards ceremony will be held virtually on World Creativity and Innovation Day, 21 April 2021.

Two new categories have been added for next year’s awards. One will showcase the incredible business-academic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a second will celebrate an individual or team working behind the scenes to forge impactful business-academic partnerships.

Applications are being invited in eight categories, from businesses; public sector organisations; third sector; universities; research institutes; and colleges which are leading the way towards economic growth, societal improvements and environmental advances in Scotland and beyond.

Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, who has attended the Awards for the past two years, said: 

“Innovation will underpin the growth of Scotland’s high value, inclusive and sustainable economy, and organisations must collaborate if we are to achieve our full potential.

“Interface’s rapid response to the challenges of COVID-19 demonstrates what Scottish businesses and academia are capable of. This ability to pivot, innovate and co-operate will be key to Scotland’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

“The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards are an important showcase of the important, and growing links, between business and academia and I am delighted to support this event.”

Dr Siobhán Jordan, Director of Interface, said:

“In what has been a difficult year, business-academic partnerships have continued to make a difference, rising to the many challenges brought by COVID-19, as well as other health, societal and environment issues.

“We are looking forward to receiving a high level of applications from across Scotland, showcasing the best of business-academic partnerships.”

Either Academics or businesses can submit an application by the deadline of 5pm on Friday, 12 February 2021.

For further information and a full list of categories see the Interface website.