Seventh annual Collaborate To Innovate awards winners announced

The winning projects for The Engineer’s seventh annual Collaborate To Innovate awards have been announced at a special awards event in central London.  

UK-led engineering projects ranging from a real-word test bed for low carbon aviation technologies; to the world’s largest commercial electric vehicle project;  and a revolutionary device for diagnosing prostate cancer were amongst the winners at The Engineer magazine’s seventh annual Collaborate To Innovate (C2I) Awards.

Commenting on this year’s competition, which culminated with a special awards event in Westminster on Thursday 23rd February, editor of The Engineer Jon Excell said: “Once more, the C2I awards has uncovered a treasure trove of inspiring collaborative engineering projects and provided a compelling reminder of how engineers are working together to address some of the biggest challenges society faces.”


As in previous years, shortlisted projects provided a fascinating snapshot of the trends and technologies that are defining modern engineering with tow themes in particular coming to the fore across all categories: the way in which the push for net zero is driving innovation and the increasingly sophisticated use of data to solve some of our most pressing problems.  

Dr Richard Drake, CTO of headline sponsor Babcock International, said: “I often talk about the power of collaboration, of partnerships where we can all learn and benefit from each other, whether it’s bringing a different skillset, an idea or an element of R&D to the table – and that’s exactly what makes these awards so special. So on behalf of Babcock I would like to congratulate all the winning teams.”

The winners are listed in full below. Visit The Engineer’s website during the week beginning 27th Feb for full in-depth coverage and video footage of all of this year’s finalists.

Category: Aerospace & Defence – sponsored by STFC

Project: Sustainable Aviation Test Environment

University of Highlands and Islands with Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL) with Ampaire, CloudNet, Denchi Group, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), FlareBright, Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL), The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS), Loganair, Windracers, and ZeroAvia

Category: Automotive – sponsored by Igus

Project: Europe's first zero-occupancy autonomous vehicle journey on publicly-accessible roads

Oxbotica with Applied EV

Category: Energy & Environment – Sponsored by Mazak

Project: EV-elocity
Cenex with University of Nottingham, University of Warwick, CrowdCharge, Leeds City Council and Nottingham City Council

Category: Healthcare & Medical

Project: ProstaPalp

IntelliPalp with Heriot-Watt University, University of Edinburgh, EPSRC, MRC, Western General Hospital (Edinburgh), CENSIS. Support from Scottish Enterprise and the Urology Fund

Category: Information, Data & Connectivity – sponsored by Powerstar

Project: Optimise Prime

UK Power Networks, Hitachi and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks with Centrica, Royal Mail, Uber

Category: Manufacturing Technology – sponsored by High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Project: Snakes Everywhere – from aerospace to medical and beyond

Rolls-Royce with University of Nottingham

Category: Wild Card – Megger

Project: Innovative PCM Heat Storage Device for Control of Varroa Mites in Beehives (BeeSave)

University of Nottingham (UON) with University of Nottingham, PCM Products, E.H.THORNE (BEEHIVES) and HEALTHY BEES

Category: Young Innovator – sponsored by Hays Recruitment

Project: Project Prasinos

The Ursuline Academy Ilford, POLYSOLAR, SAINT GOBAIN

Category: Grand Prix - sponsored by Babcock International

Project: ProstaPalp

IntelliPalp with Heriot-Watt University, University of Edinburgh, EPSRC, MRC, Western General Hospital (Edinburgh), CENSIS. Support from Scottish Enterprise and the Urology Fund