The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards show Scotland how innovative businesses, universities, research institutes and colleges are leading the way towards economic growth, societal improvements and environmental advances and further positioning Scotland as a CAN DO nation.

We are excited to introduce new look categories and, for the first time, we are going on tour!

Applications are now open – deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 30th November 2018 and the winners will be announced at The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards on Thursday 21st February 2019.

Why should you apply?
Now in its fourth year, the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards are well established as THE showcase event of the year for knowledge exchange in Scotland.

Being shortlisted or winning an award will provide you with essential evidence for your Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 submissions. The value of impact case studies has increased from 20% to 25%, so applying is the perfect way to start your REF 2021 preparations.

Previous award winners have reported the following benefits from winning:

  • Independent endorsement of research impacts
  • Peer recognition for students, lecturers, academics, departments and institutions
  • Development of transferable skills and increased employability for students
  • Innovative partnerships and collaborations showcased
  • Increased media coverage

We are calling for entries across seven categories - the largest number to date!

  • Champion of the Year
  • Innovation of the Year Award
  • Making a Difference Award
  • Multiparty Collaboration Award
  • Powerful Partnership Award
  • Rising Star of the Year
  • Spotlight Award


Getting the right people together - tour dates!

As part of The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, we're taking knowledge exchange on tour this autumn for an exclusive series of events for businesses, entrepreneurs, higher and further education staff and support ecosystem partners.

We want you to be part of our knowledge exchange conversations and networks as we tour across Scotland.

Join us to take a closer look at some of the exciting collaborations that are happening between academia and industry, learning from some of our fabulous collaborators – who knows, maybe you’ll be future Scottish Knowledge Exchange Award Winners!