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Awards to recognise business and academic partnership working

07 August 2013

Highlands and Islands businesses carrying out innovative projects with academic partners are being invited to enter this year's Interface Excellence Awards.

Partnerships which have received Scottish Funding Council Innovation Vouchers for research and development projects or which are working on projects thanks to support from Interface – the knowledge connection for business - can enter the categories, which are:

  • Innovation of the year award. Businesses are invited to nominate an innovative product, process or service that has been developed over the past three years.
  • Sustained partnership award.  Joint applications are invited for an academic - business collaboration that has demonstrated long term partnering and benefits to both the business and the academic teams through knowledge exchange.
  • Outstanding contribution to knowledge exchange award. This award is to recognise an individual in academia, business or business support organisation who has made an outstanding contribution and played a pivotal role in the promotion of knowledge exchange within Scotland.


Dr Siobhán Jordan, director of Interface, said: "The Interface Excellence Awards are an opportunity for businesses and academia to showcase the success of their collaboration. Not only do these collaborative partnerships boost the nation's GVA, they also create and safeguard jobs while enhancing Scotland's reputation on the global stage by developing export opportunities.”

A judging panel comprising experts from Scottish business and academia will judge all entries and a shortlist will be announced in November. The awards will be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 21 November 2013.

Further details on how to apply are available on Interface's website. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 2 October 2013.

  • Interface is a central hub connecting businesses from a wide variety of national and international industries to Scotland's 24 higher education and research institutes.
  • It is a unique service designed to address the growing demand from organisations wanting to engage with academia.
  • Funded by the Scottish Funding Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, and European Regional Development Funds, Interface is a free and impartial service which aims to stimulate innovation and encourage companies to consider academic support to help solve their business challenges.
  • Interface helps companies operating across a range of sectors, from food and drink to financial services, offering huge benefits for both businesses and academia.

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