The Industry-Academia Collaboration Prize recognises outstanding examples of teamwork in promoting innovation through industry-academia partnerships.
- Runs annually
- The winning team receives a trophy and certificates
- The winners will be chosen by the Industry Prizes Working Group
2022 Industry-Academia Collaboration Award Winner
The University of Edinburgh School of Chemistry & Sunamp Ltd
For the creation of a successful partnership that has led to the development and commercialisation of heat-storage technology using novel formulations of phase-change materials.
Guidelines for nominators
- Nominations open 18 October
- Nominations close 18 January, 17:00 GMT
- Both RSC members and non-members can nominate for this prize
- Nominees may nominate themselves
- Individuals named in any of the following roles during the nomination and judging period are not eligible to nominate or be nominated:
- Industry Prizes Working Group
- RSC Subject Community Presidents
- RSC Prize Committee members
- Trustees of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- Royal Society of Chemistry staff
- The prize is open to teams where at least one contributor is based within the UK and Ireland.
- The prize is open to teams of any size working on a collaborative project between industry and academia. The project may be a discrete part of a larger, ongoing industrial programme, or stand alone.
- Nominees should only be nominated once for this prize in any given prize cycle. In cases where we receive more than one nomination for the same nominee, only one nomination will go forward to judging.
- Starting from the 2023 cycle, unsuccessful nominations for this prize will automatically rollover to the next prize cycle, unless the nominee’s circumstances have changed so as to make them ineligible, in relation to the eligibility criteria for the prize as outlined above. We encourage nominators to update their nomination between cycles when the nomination window is open. Nominations will be considered for two consecutive prize cycles.
To make a nomination, please use our online nominations system to submit the following information:
- Your name and contact details. The identity of nominators is not made known to our judging panels. The RSC reserves the right to amend nominations if necessary to ensure the anonymity of the nominator.
- Details of your nominated team, including details of an individual who can act as a lead contact.
- A short citation describing what the team should be awarded for. This must be no longer than 250 characters (including spaces) and no longer than one sentence.
- A supporting statement (up to 750 words) addressing the selection criteria. There is no requirement for detailed technical or commercial data to be provided. Our guidance for nominators page has more information on writing this supporting statement.
- References are not required for this prize and will not be accepted.
The RSC reserves the right to rescind any prize if there are reasonable grounds to do so. All nominators will be asked to confirm that to the best of their knowledge there is no impediment, relating to professional conduct, to their nominee receiving this prize. All prize winners will be asked to sign the RSC’s Code of Conduct Declaration for Recognition.Make a nomination
Selection Criteria and Judging Panel
Our selection committees base their evaluations on the overall quality of relevant contributions and achievements by nominees, in relation to the selection criteria listed below.
The scientific content of any supporting publications, as described in the supporting statement, is much more important than publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which it is published.
The selection committee will consider the following aspects of nominations for this prize:
- Scope of collaboration - the rationale for the work carried out in partnership and the contributions made by each party.
- Scale - the scale of efforts in terms of time and size of the team.
- Achievements and impact - the achievements and the technical, environmental, social or monetary benefits arising from the work.
Industry Prizes Working Group
- Paul Brewer, National Physical Laboratory (Chair)
- Ian Ball, Johnson Matthey
- Oscar Kelly, Altana
- Lydia Meyer Turkson, INARI Agriculture
- Katty O'Brien-Quilty, Thames Water
History of the prize
The Industry-Academia Collaboration Prize was created in 2004 as the Teamwork in Innovation Award. It was renamed in 2017.
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