The Engineer’s Collaborate To Innovate awards is open for entries.

The Engineer’s annual search for the UK’s most innovative collaborative engineering projects is now underway.

Following a successful launch in 2016, The Engineer’s prestigious Collaborate to Innovate (C2I) awards is back to uncover and celebrate the UK’s best examples of engineering collaboration.

We want to hear about engineering collaboration wherever it occurs – whether between separate businesses, industry and academia, or between different academic groups. All we ask is that entries are innovative, truly collaborative, and that they’re likely to have a positive impact in their application area.


Entries are invited from projects which address engineering challenges across a broad range of areas including transport; health; energy efficiency and sustainability; information and connectivity; safety and security; and the built environment.

The 2017 competition also sees the addition of two new categories: Academic Innovator (for a university department that demonstrates excellence in innovation and collaboration across multiple projects) and Young Innovator, which will spotlight collaboration between businesses and schools.

Shortlisted entries will be judged by a panel containing some of the UK’s most senior and respected engineers (see below).


Winners will be announced at an informal party in the city of London on 5 September, and the winners will present their entries at a one-day conference including keynote presentations in December at the Lloyds Bank Manufacturing Technology Training Centre in Coventry.

The closing date for entries is 26th May

You can read all about our 2016 winners here

The Judges:

  • Alan Newby – Director of Aerospace Technology and Future Programs, Rolls-Royce
  • Professor Andy Wright, Director of Strategic Technology, BAE Systems
  • Professor Danielle George – University of Manchester
  • Prof Iain Gray – Director of Aerospace, Cranfield University
  • Alan Mucklow – Director for UK and Ireland, Yamazaki Mazak
  • Dr Chris Guyott – Engineering Director, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
  • Dr Jenni Sidey – Cambridge University
  • John Halton – Director for Business and Industry, Engineering UK

Collaborate to innovate is supported by EPSRC; Engineering UK; Frazer Nash Consultancy; Yamazaki Mazak; BAE Systems & Renishaw