Shortlist announced for The Engineer’s 2022 Collaborate to Innovate Awards

We’re delighted to reveal the shortlist for The Engineer’s 2022 Collaborate To Innovate (C2I) Awards

From ground-breaking developments in clean energy and electric mobility to key advances in potentially life-saving healthcare technology, the shortlist for The Engineer’s seventh annual C2I Awards is an inspiring reminder of both the UK’s depth of engineering talent and the role that engineers are playing in addressing some of the biggest challenges we face.

Spanning eight categories – including energy & environment, aerospace & defence, automotive, manufacturing, data, and healthcare technology – the full list of shortlisted entries for this year’s competition can be viewed here.  

The ultimate winners will be revealed at a special party in London on the evening of 23rd February and covered extensively in The Engineer magazine.

Now in its seventh year, Collaborate to Innovate (C2I) was launched to uncover and celebrate great examples of engineering collaboration – a dynamic considered critical to solving many of the challenges and problems faced by society.

Commenting on this year’s finalists, Dr Rich Drake, CTO of headline sponsor Babcock said: “I’ve been really inspired by the entries to this year’s competition and we know it’s not enough to just have the latest bit of technology, we need people that understand the increasingly complex data world we are in; people who are passionate about making a difference to the world we live in and we need more innovators. Events like this are what it’s all about.  It will be a challenge deciding the next stage with some great entries to choose from.”

Editor of The Engineer Jon Excell added: “This year’s competition has uncovered a particularly impressive crop of innovative engineering projects which, between them, provide a compelling illustration of the UK engineering’s appetite for cross-sector , cross disciplinary collaboration.”

The competition is judged by some of the leading figures in UK engineering and supported by organisations including Babcock International Group, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Mazak,  Megger, Powerstar, STFC and Hays Recruitment.


Aerospace & Defence

Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC)
Cranfield University with DARTeC consortium partners include Aveillant, Blue Bear Systems Research, Boeing, BOXARR, Connected Places Catapult, Cranfield University, Etihad Airways, Heathrow, Inmarsat, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the IVHM Centre, Saab, Satellite Applications Catapult, Spirent Communications and Thales, with co-investment support from Research England.

National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology (NCCAT)
Loughborough University with Rolls-Royce plc., Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), Innovate UK, EPRSC Centre of Doctoral Training in Future Propulsion and Power.

Queen Elizabeth Class Pressure Vessel NDE Revalidation
Babcock International Group with Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Ministry of Defence - Maritime Systems Support, Chesterfields Specialist Cylinders, BAE Systems Maritime and Amplitude Inspection

Snakes Everywhere – from aerospace to medical and beyond
Rolls-Royce with University of Nottingham

Subsea power harvesting Vortex Induced Vibration to provide power
WITT (Energy) with Solis Marine Architects, MCT ReMan?Aspire Engineering Weston super Mare, Omicron electronics and Feritech marine vessel

Sustainable Aviation Test Environment (SATE)
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


Europe's first zero-occupancy autonomous vehicle journey on publicly-accessible roads completed by Oxbotica & Applied EV
Oxbotica with Applied EV

Lightweight anti-roll bar
University of Sheffield AMRC  with Tinsley Bridge, Performance Engineered Solutions

Low Cost Fuel Cell Demonstrator Vehicle
MAHLE Powertrain with Bramble Energy

Thales, the Welsh Government and Cardiff University

Energy & Environment

A better option for the geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste using very deep boreholes
University of Sheffield, Deep Borehole Disposal Research Group with Marriott Drilling Group

CHAMP - Clean Hybrid Alternative Marine Powertrain
Mathwall Marine with Purple Sector, University of Bath / IAAPS, Solis Marine, Ribs for Sale and Boat Club Trafalgar

Cenex with University of Nottingham, University of Warwick, CrowdCharge, Leeds City Council and Nottingham City Council

FluRefin Carbon Dioxide Capture & Refining
The University of Sheffield with AESSEAL, BetterWorld.Solutions and SUSTAIN Manufacturing Hub

Mobile Autonomous Sort and Segregate System
Atkins with Cyan-Tec Systems, The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), and Pajarito Scientific Corporation

Aker Solutions Ltd (UK) with Siemens Energy, Altrad Babcock and Aker Carbon Capture

Roadvent - Capturing deadly exhaust fumes at the source, installed in the roadway
Pollution Solution Holdings with Purified Air, Hauraton, Cambustion, Moduflow, Wilde Analysis, Airflow Design Services, South Coast Science, UTAC Millbrook Proving Ground, MES International, Westcotec, HORIBA MIRA.

Robotic Snake
UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) with EUROfusion and TWI

Healthcare & Medical

3D Heart project
King's College London with Evelina London Children's Hospital

Morecambe Bay NHS rebreathing hood
BAE Systems, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) with The Innovation Agency (the Academic Science Network for the North West Coast) and Lancastle (a local SME)

MicroRNA Sensor for Kidney Transplant Patients
Haydale with Wales Kidney Research Unit (WKRU), Cardiff University
School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and University Hospital of Wales

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

Smart Templates for prosthetic socket design
Radii Devices with University of Southampton and Opcare

The RAIS device for global surgery
University of Leeds with Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India Ortho Life Systems, New Delhi, India Pd-m International, Thirsk, UK Association of Rural Surgeons of India and International Federation of Rural Surgeons, Biru, India and Operating Theatre Practitioners Association of Kenya (OTPAK)

Information, Data & Connectivity

Europe's first zero-occupancy autonomous vehicle journey on publicly-accessible roads
Oxbotica with Applied EV

Honeywell delivers industry-leading smart energy solutions faster using AI
Monolith AI with Honeywell

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

University of Leicester with Synoptix and Innovate UK KTN

Manufacturing Technology

MSP with Renishaw and RLS

Digital Manufacturing Centre
KWSP with Renishaw, Beckhoff, Laser Lines, Stratasys, DyeMansion, SEMLEP, Satellite Applications Catapult, Enable Manufacturing and Spectroplast AG

Modular assembly system
IAC group with RARUK, Sorion Electronics and RNA Automation

RESURGAM (Robotic Survey, Repair and Agile Manufacture)
Forth with The Welding Institute, University of Lancaster’s Joining 4 Innovation Centre, Element Six, ACLUNAGA, AISTER, European Welding Federation, University of Limerick, TU Delft, STIRWELD, Engitec Systems International and GISBIR.

Snakes Everywhere – from aerospace to medical and beyond
Rolls-Royce with University of Nottingham

Wild Card

‘Udumathin loa’ (Eye in the sky)
Melissa Schiele, Loughborough University and Outrigger Consultancy with Loughborough University, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, Outrigger Consultancy, Oceans Unmanned, Wolf Fish, Maldives National University, Marine Research and Higher Education Centre (MaRHE) part of University di Milano Bicocca, The Ocean Futures Society Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment Programme.

Automating Concrete Construction (ACORN)
University of Bath with University of Cambridge and University of Dundee

CHAMP - Clean Hybrid Alternative Marine Powertrain
Mathwall Marine with Purple Sector, University of Bath / IAAPS, Solis Marine, Ribs for Sale and Boat Club Trafalgar

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

Ozone for Sanitisation
ACS Clothing with University of West of Scotland and Innovate UK

Williams Advanced Engineering with GB Snowsport, BAE Systems and Coventry University

Young Innovator

Next Engineers
GE Foundation with Connectr

The Ursuline Academy Ilford, POLYSOLAR, SAINT GOBAIN