The KE Awards provide recognition nationally, and beyond, for the exceptional work that is taking place across the sector. Winning, or being shortlisted for an award, can enhance your reputation and that of your team and your institution.

The awards can increase the visibility of your work, help secure new business and also be used by your institution as future case studies.

  • Open for submissions: 6th June
  • Submission Closing Date: 22nd September

Finalists will be required to create and submit a one minute video of their entry to be shown at our award ceremony.

  • Successful finalists will be notified early in October


Place-based KE initiative of the Year

This award recognises the success of a place-based KE initiative which demonstrates the value and impact that collaborative KE activity can have on a local ecosystem.

Commercialisation Achievement of the Year

This award recognises a KE team or individual for delivering outstanding impact through research commercialisation (licensing, spinouts, etc)


Sustainability Collaboration of the Year

This award celebrates exceptional partnerships between businesses, non-profits, and government entities that have made a remarkable impact in addressing and advancing sustainability challenges. This accolade honours those collaborative efforts that have achieved significant, measurable progress in promoting environmental stewardship and sustainable practices.

Outstanding KE Strategic Partnership

This award recognises the success of an external partnership which demonstrates the value of collaboration.

KE Team of the Year

This award recognises a KE team who have excelled in delivering excellent service and value to their institution.

This category is open to single and multi-institutional teams. Nominations are welcomed from a team itself or you can nominate a team who you consider meet the criteria.

Innovation in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion through Knowledge Exchange

This award recognises the achievement of a KE team or individual that has used the process and practice of Knowledge Exchange to deliver some public benefit in the field of ED and I.

Transformative Social Venture of the Year

An award to celebrate an innovative commercialisation project developing a venture defined by social impact and legal structures committed to social, cultural or ecological benefit.

KE Professional of the Year

Recognising the achievement of a KE professional at any stage of their KE career, over the past year. This award is for someone who has gone above and beyond what is expected in their day-to-day role to contribute to a KE outcome and/or demonstrating a particular commitment to the development of the KE profession.

Please note

The submission forms are based on the criteria listed shown for each category. Therefore you are not required to start a form to find out what to submit. There is no restriction on the number of categories that you can enter, but each entry must be for a different project. You may not, for example, enter the same project into multiple award categories. Each eligible organisation can submit multiple entries, providing that they are significantly different.