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Shortlist announced for The Engineer’s 2023 Collaborate to Innovate Awards

 We’re delighted to reveal the shortlist for The Engineer’s 2023 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 eighth 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 nine 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 Thursday 29th February 2024 and covered extensively in The Engineer magazine.

Now in its eighth 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, Editor of The Engineer Jon Excell added: “Yet again, the collaborate to innovate awards has uncovered an incredibly impressive crop of innovative projects and initiatives which, between them, provide a compelling illustration of both UK industry’s appetite collaboration and the role that engineers are playing in addressing the biggest challenges we face as a society.”

The competition is judged by some of the leading figures in UK engineering and supported by organisations including Babcock International Group, Science and Technology Facilities Council, EPSRC, EngineeringUK, Megger, Hays Recruitment, Igus, and Ejot.



Aerospace & Defence

EnabEl: Enabling Aircraft Electrification
Cranfield University with The Light Aircraft Company Ltd and Flylight Airsports Ltd, CDO² Ltd

Project Fresson
Cranfield Aerospace Solutions with Reaction Engines, Britten-Norman, Evolito and Ricardo

Radiating elements development for Satellite communications phased arrays
Qammer H. Abbasi with The Royal Academy of Engineering and Celestia UK

Retroflight Alpha (Future Flight Landing and Infrastructure - FFLP2)
Vanti with Custom Interconnect Limited, Oxfordshire County Council, Midlands Aerospace Alliance, and ARC Aero Systems


GKN Advanced research centre
GKN Automotive with the University of Newcastle and University of Nottingham

Kautex-Textron predicts fuel sloshing noise Monolith AI software
Monolith with Kautex-Textron

McLaren Applied and Elaphe EV powertrain
McLaren Applied with Elaphe

Universal Battery Recycling System
Recyclus Group with University of Birmingham

Energy & Environment

A New Partnership in Offshore Wind
University of Sheffield  with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Durham University,
Orsted and the University of Hull

Distributed ReStart
National Grid ESO with SP Energy Networks and TNEI Consultancy

ERM with Axens, Chiyoda, Enquest, Koole, Net Zero Technology Centre, Peterhead Port Authority, Port of Rotterdam, Shetland Islands Council, Storegga and The Scottish Government

REACT - Rapid Evaluation Areal Connection Tool
SSEN Transmission with Olsights Ltd, MapStand Ltd, Icebreaker One Ltd.

Renewables for Subsea Power
Mocean Energy with NZTC, Verlume, Baker Hughes, Transmark Subsea, Serica Energy, Harbour Energy and PTTEP

TransShip II
O.S. Energy with Newcastle University, Exeter University CFCM, SOLIS Marine Engineering, Chartwell Marine, Stone Marine Propulsion, H2Tec, and Newcastle Marine Services

Healthcare & Medical

Dynamic Metrics with Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and University of East Anglia

MediTel - A Medical Telexistence Platform for Hazardous Environments
The University of Sheffield - Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Sheffield Robotics

Northumbria Healthcare drone deliveries
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust with Apian and Skyports

DefProc Engineering with Liverpool 5G Create, Telet Research, and Docobo

The SMART Suit
Duchenne UK with Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK and The Inclusionaries Lab at The University of Liverpool

Information, Data & Connectivity

Digitisation of the North West Electricity Network
Electricity North West with Kelvatek

Innovative Pre-Straining Tools and BOFDA Technology assessment: A Transnational Leap in  infrastructure Monitoring
Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), University of Moratuwa, University of Oxford, Access Engineering, Laing O'rourke Centre - University of Cambridge, fibrisTerre Systems GmbH ,University of Qatar, Epsimon Ltd and WSP UK

McLaren Applied Active Antenna and Fleet Connect
McLaren Applied with Huber + Suhner

Realising Enabling Architectures and Solutions for Open Networks (REASON)
University of Bristol with (Strathclyde University, KCL, Southampton University, Queens University Belfast, Thales, BT, BBC, Parallel Wireless, Digital Catapult, Weaver Labs), and 5 subcontractors (Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung, Real Wireless, and Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC)

The Common Framework Project
National Grid ESO withArup, Energy Systems Catapult, and Icebreaker One. 

SINDRI - Synergistic utilisation of Informatics and Data centric Integrity engineering
The University of Bristol with EDF, Imperial College London, The University of Manchester, and The Henry Royce Institute 

Manufacturing Technology

A single-click automated manufacturing metrology demonstrator
Midlands Centre for Data-Driven Metrology (MCDDM) with Manufacturing Metrology Team. Faculty of Engineering University of Nottingham; Loughborough University; Coventry University

AIRLIFT (Additive Industrialisation for Future Technology)
GKN Aerospace Services  with GKN, Siemens, the University of Sheffield, CFMS, and the AMRC.

A Digital Twin of construction machinery for improved energy efficiency
Cranfield University with  BAM Nuttall and Flannery

Wild Card

1D superconductivity
University of Manchester with National Graphene Institute; Kyung See University (South Korea), NUS (Singapore); NIMS (Japan); Yale University (USA) and Lancaster University (UK)

A novel mop air purifier for virus removal from buildings and transport (MopFan)
University of Nottingham with High Performance Moulding Ltd

Airhead: Anti-Air Pollution Face Mask
Brunel Design School, Brunel University London, Airhead

EMPHASIZING: Enhancing Material Properties of recycled glass fibres through SIZING
B&M Longworth with Gestamp UK, Ford UK, Gen 2 Plank Ltd, TWI, Brunel University London
and EMS Grivory

Innovative Pre-Straining Tools and BOFDA Technology assessment: A Transnational Leap in Infrastructure Monitoring
Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), University of Moratuwa, University of Oxford, Access Engineering, Laing O'rourke Centre - University of Cambridge, fibrisTerre Systems GmbH ,University of Qatar, Epsimon Ltd and WSP UK

STEM Initiative

Access & Awareness
Oxfordshire Advanced Skills with MTC Training, Oxfordshire Advanced Skills, UK Atomic Energy Authority, and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Powering the Future: South Tyneside and Beyond
South Tyneside Council with Dogger Bank Community Fund, Little Inventors, Ford Aerospace, Cell Pack Solutions, Ryder Architects, Port of Tyne and North Star Marine

Spazio Verde and Micros Kosmos
Polysolar with Saint Gobain, Mobilane, TRAID, Black Grape Global, supported by Yolanda Brown MBE, Ray Elysee of Northumbria University

Life is Up
British International Education Association with Engineering Development Trust and Linear Design and Construct

Next Engineers
GE Vernova with The Inspirational Learning Group Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub

Young Innovator

AutoMate - The chess board for everyone
Joseph Birch

Gurdit Singh

Wind Mirrors
South Tyneside Council / Isaac Usher

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