A celebration of the very best KTP collaborations

We are pleased to announce that nominations are now OPEN for this year’s Innovate UK KTP Awards.

This year’s Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 12th October 2022.

There are seven categories this year, you can view the eligibility criteria for each award category below, to start your application head to the Awards platform.

You will need to create an account on the Awards platform (Award Force), if you created an account on the platform last year, your account is still active. Login with your original details – email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, try to reset your password.

Open: Tuesday 19th April – 12pm.

Deadline: Friday 27th May – 12pm.

We wish you all good luck with your nominations!

Missed last year’s award winners? You can read about them here.

This award honours the partnership which has brought the greatest benefits to all three participants, exceeding the expectations set out in their KTP proposal, and which best exemplifies innovation through collaboration.

Criteria: Partnerships should demonstrate excellent achievements across all three Partners: Business; Academic; Associate. Partnerships must be able to demonstrate how they have gone beyond the aims and objectives stated in the original proposal. Specify the location or region of the business partner.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this award, your KTP project must have been completed and received an A or B grade from the KTP grading panel between 1st January 2021 and 12th May 2022.

Download the nomination form here.

This award recognises Partnerships that have demonstrated excellence in the application of engineering skills, interpreted in the broadest sense to recognise the continuing evolution of this field.

Criteria: Partnerships should demonstrate excellence in the application of science, technology, engineering or maths. The application of STEM expertise to business innovations must be clear: Contribution to the evolution of the field and the research interests of the academic team must also be showcased.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this award, your KTP project must have been completed and received an A or B grade from the KTP grading panel between 1st January 2021 and 12th of May 2022. Partnerships completing the Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award may also enter this award.

Download the nomination form here.

This award recognises the partnership that has continued to demonstrate outstanding impact. By transforming the commercial outlook and accessing academic knowledge to deepen expertise, companies are able to expand their commercial capabilities and exploit market opportunities.  

Criteria: The business partner must demonstrate significant ongoing impact from their KTP and substantial and sustained transformation of the business resulting from the project.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this award, your KTP project must have been completed and received an A or B grade from the KTP grading panel by 31 December 2020.

Download the nomination form here.

This award recognises the wider impacts of KTP – those projects which have delivered significant societal/social or environmental benefits.

Criteria: Partnerships should demonstrate the wider impact of their KTP, including projects that have delivered a societal, social, or environmental impact. Applications should showcase how they have contributed to making our world a better place. Demonstrating a positive impact on inclusion and diversity is expected.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this award, your KTP project must have been completed and received an A or B grade from the KTP grading panel between 1st January 2020 and 12th May 2022.

Download the nomination form here.

This award is for Associates who have shown exceptional skills, above and beyond the normal expectations of a KTP Associate, in driving and delivering innovation strategy; demonstrating great teamwork and outstanding leadership potential.

Criteria: The application must showcase a KTP Associate who has shown exceptional skills, above and beyond normal expectations. Demonstrating excellence in the delivery of their innovation project, contributing to the commercial strategy, and project management and leadership.

Eligibility: The nominated individual: must be in post as a KTP Associate when the competition opens on the 19th April 2022; Must have completed both KTP Training Modules by the 19th April 2022; must be able to attend the Awards Ceremony on the 12th October 2022.

Download the nomination form here.

The KTP Academic of the Year Award recognises the outstanding contribution made to KTP by a member of academic staff and the role that they have had in influencing the uptake of KTP throughout their institution.

Criteria: The application must showcase an academic who has demonstrated exceptional skills and commitment to knowledge translation, leadership, team building and mentoring. There must be demonstrable excellence in supporting the tasks, in the development of new capabilities in the business, and in supporting and inspiring the personal development and skills of the KTP Associate.

Eligibility: The nominated individual must be either the Academic Supervisor or the Lead Academic on your KTP Project: The KTP Partnership must be current when the competition opens on the 19th April 2022: The nominated academic must be able to attend the Awards ceremony on the 12th October 2022.

Download the nomination form here.

This award recognises a team that has influenced and supported the sustained high-quality performance in KTP.

Criteria: The application must demonstrate how the work of your KTP support team has led to your KB developing, sustaining, and growing its KTP portfolio under the challenging circumstances of the last two years. It should showcase a high performing KB team that has been proactive and innovative in engaging and capitalising on the opportunities offered by participation in the KTP Programme. Activities highlighted may be internally focused within a KB or externally focused on business engagement or a combination of both.

Eligibility: Any Knowledge Base team involved in KTP activity is eligible to participate. Any KB that has submitted a KTP application from the 1st January 2020 onwards.

Download the nomination form here.

what they say

Agnieszka Bachleda-Baca
Awards

"My KTP was challenging but very rewarding at the same time. I have received an unique opportunity to work in the industry and academia at the same time, which is very advantageous. I became a better researcher and worked with different departments at the company, which gave me a great idea of how I want to shape my career path". Find out more about Agneiska's experience in this longer profile piece here.    

arbnco / University of Strathclyde
Emily Mason (BSc Hons, Biopharmaceutical Science)
Awards

"For me, the KTP role has really been a life changing opportunity.... I hadn’t heard of KTP until I applied for my role, however after the experience I have had I recommend it to anyone - especially graduates as it’s a great bridge between university and ‘real life’. It is certainly a decision I will never regret". Emily Mason, KTP Associate

Northumbria Pharma / University of Sunderland
Melanie Herrmann
Awards

"I am privileged to work both with gifted academics at the University of Cambridge, and bright minds at Vizzuality, a change agency for a sustainable and fair future. I am grateful for this unique opportunity to work in a job that I love and believe in." Melanie Herrmann, KTP Associate

Vizzuality/University of Cambridge
Dr Shirley Ann Hazlett, Senior Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast Management School
Awards

The Management KTP initiative is fantastic for any growth-oriented SME, such as RBP, and we cannot recommend this programme highly enough”.  

David Beattie
Awards

“Through KTP, I’ve found a graduate role which offers both academic and industry experience in equal measure. My role is intensely immersive, which I put down to the considerable degree of autonomy the KTP framework affords. Our project is a win-win for its stakeholders, may lead to job creation and will reduce our Carbon footprint. That’s satisfying.” See a longer profile piece about David Beattie's KTP here. David Beattie, KTP Associate

Davidsons Feeds/James Hutton Institute
Neha Sharma
Awards

"KTP is like a beautiful interwoven fabric of academia and industry"

KTP Associate, Cosmotec Ltd and University of Salford
Professor Yvonne Perrie
Awards

"KTP provides a superb pathway for knowledge transfer, enabling academic research to be applied to deliver impact to real world solutions".

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Paul Graham
Awards

"The KTP has been a revolutionary programme, enabling the business to completely standardise the design process with the added luxury of achieving high accuracy at a high speed.” 

IG Masonry Support Systems General Manager
Georgiana Nica-Avram
Awards

Working with OLIO and the University of Nottingham has helped me develop personally and professionally. It has helped me contribute the skills and knowledge I have gained so far, as well as develop new skills in the fast-paced domain of data science. OLIO is dedicated to addressing one of today’s greatest challenges- food waste, and I am grateful to be part of this solution. Georgian Nica-Avram, KTP Associate

University of Nottingham / OLIO

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