Babcock confirmed as headline partner for The Engineer’s 2022 Collaborate To Innovate (C2I) Awards

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Engineering giant Babcock International Group has been announced as The Headline sponsor of The Engineer magazine’s seventh annual collaborate to innovate awards

Now open for entries, C2I was launched to uncover and celebrate great examples of engineering collaboration – a dynamic critical to addressing many of the challenges and problems faced by society.

Commenting on Babcock’s support for this year’s competition, Chief Technology Officer, Dr Rich Drake, said: “Innovation is fundamental to our future business success, and so is how and where we collaborate. For Babcock, it’s the strength of the people and the organisations we partner with that really makes a difference to the work we do and deliver,  so I’m delighted that we’re supporting this prestigious event once again and I’m really looking forward to seeing this year’s innovators step up to the challenge.”

The competition is open to innovative technology led projects which are underpinned by collaboration between two or more separate organisations and which have had, or are likely to have, a positive impact in their area of application.


Entries are invited from projects addressing challenges across eight categories, including automotive; aerospace, defence and security; information, data and connectivity; healthcare and medical; energy and environment; and manufacturing technology.

Commenting on the launch of the awards The Engineer’s editor Jon Excell said: “Collaboration is critical to solving some of the biggest challenges we face and the C2I awards was set up to celebrate this. Myself and the C2I judging panel are really excited about seeing what fascinating projects and innovations this year’s competition uncovers.”

Entries will be judged by a panel of industry leaders including Rich Drake, Chief Technology Officer, Babcock International; Alan Newby, director of aerospace technology and future programmes at Rolls-Royce; Professor Andy Wright, director of strategic technology at BAE Systems; and Dr Rachel BishopDeputy Director, Research Base at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Alongside Babcock this year’s category sponsors include HVM CatapultMegger, PowerstarThe Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)Hays Recruitment and Mazak.  C2I2022 is also supported by EPSRC and EngineeringUK

The closing date for entries is midnight on 23rd September and the winners will be revealed at a drinks reception on the evening of Thursday 23rd February ay One Great George Street, London.