Category Shortlists




Academic Innovator


Centre for Additive Manufacturing, University of Nottingham
Centre for Additive Manufacturing, University of Nottingham with Oce Canon Europe, GSK, Added Scientific, HiEta, Renishaw AMPD, Pfizer, AZ, Moog, Alcon Components, AWE , University of Liverpool, Bentley Motors, University of Newcastle, Loughborough University, The MTC, BMW and 3TRPD.

Developing a UK Quantum Sensor Technology ecosystem
UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology with RSK and Teledyne-e2v.

EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices (MeDe Innovation)
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices with University of Leeds, University of Bradford, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham, University of Sheffield, Ceramisys, Corinthian Surgical, DePuy Synthes, Eminate, Fripp Design, Glass Technology Services, JRI Orthopaedics, Materialise NV, NetComposites, NIHR LMBRU, Promethean Particles, Simpleware, Simulation Solutions and Surgical Innovations.

Innovative Mixed Reality Solutions for Defence, Aerospace and Healthcare
University of Birmingham’s Human Interface Technologies Team with BAE Systems, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Scisys, Atlas Elektronik, TraumaFX, Imagine Inflatables, RAF Tactical Medical Wing and Royal Marines.

James Watt Nanofabrication Centre
University of Glasgow’s James Watt Nanofabrication Centre with Kelvin Nanotechnology, Gas Sensing Solutions and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global.

The Centre for Collaborative and Innovative Construction Engineering (CICE)
Loughborough University
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Energy, Efficiency & Sustainability


Xanthella Ltd with ALIenergy, Woodlands Renewables (Ardnamurchan Estate), VCharge UK, FAI Aquaculture  (Ardtoe Marine Research Facility), University of Stirling (Marine Environment Research Laboratory), University of the West of Scotland and Wood Group (formerly SgurrEnergy).


Self-Optimising Clean-in-Place (SOCIP)
Martec of Whitwell Ltd with University of Nottingham, Loughborough University, Greencore and Synatel.

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
Atkins with Tidal Lagoon Power (Swansea Bay) and LDA Design.




Health & Wellbeing

Spiral-Inducing Bypass Graft
University of Manchester with University of Michigan (USA), Manchester Metropolitan University, National University of Singapore and Cardiovascular Research Institute at Sant Pau Hospital (Barcelona, Spain).

University of Southampton with Ultrawave Ltd.

Transforming Healthcare through x-ray phase contrast imaging
Nikon Metrology UK with Queen Mary University London and University College London Hospitals.

Transforming pre-operation planning for the NHS
The Virtual Engineering Centre with and Alder Hey Children's Hospital.




Information, Data & Connectivity

A Comprehensive Web-based Broker for Biotechnology Design and Manufacturing
Visbion with Imperial College – Department of BioEngineering.

Quantum Components by Additive Manufacturing
Added Scientific with University of Nottingham and University of Sussex.

Setting World Records in 5G Wireless Spectral Efficiency Using Massive MIMO
National Instruments with University of Bristol, Lund University and BT Group.

Wireless connectivity protocol for Ocado Smart Platform robot hive
Ocado with Cambridge Consultants.



Safety & Security

A Zonal CFD Approach for Fully Nonlinear Simulations of Two Vessels in Launch and Recovery Operations
Plymouth University with Manchester Metropolitan University and City University London.

Kromek - D3S
Kromek with Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) United States with Invincea and PSI (Physical Sciences Inc).

Understanding failure: A path towards safer lithium ion batteries
University College London with NASA, The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), The European Synchrotron (ESRF, France) and The UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL).



The Built Environment


Making the 38-storey 52 Lime Street (Scalpel): Structural design of modern open-plan buildings using the travelling fire methodology
Arup, UK with Imperial College London, UK.

Nuclear Reactor Seismic Studies
University of Bristol with EDF Energy and Atkins.

Sustainable Design Process for the Midland Mainline Upgrade
Atkins with Carillion Power Lines (CPL) and Network Rail.




Air Products' Cryogenics Expertise supports World's First Refrigerated Truck Cooled by Liquid Nitrogen Engine
Air Products with Dearman & Sainsburys.

East West Rail Phase One
Bicester to Oxford Collaboration with Chiltern Railways, Network Rail, Carillion Buckingham Joint Venture, Atkins, Siemens and RSK.

Emissions technology for cleaner diesel engines
Loughborough University (Optical Engineering Research Group) Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering with Caterpillar, The Energy Technologies Institute and Johnson Matthey.

Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes
Loughborough University with Rolls-Royce.



Young Innovator


Breaking the Sound barrier with a Model Rocket Car
Rolls Royce Plc/The James Whitaker School with Swansea University, Easy Composites, GS Products, IMECHE, Santa Pod Raceway and GaaTech.

Oxidation Characteristics of Titanium 6/4 Alloy
Janice To from the James Hamilton Academy with Rolls-Royce, Edinburgh Napier University and Strathclyde University (AFRC).

IBM/Nesta with The Ursuline Academy Ilford School.




Young Innovator - Engagement Initiatives




Engineers like me primary module
Cardiff University with Radnor Primary School.

I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here
Mangorolla CIC with Teachers at 301 schools, Engineers at 161 companies and organisations.

SMASHfestUK Survival Village and Young Explainer Programme
SMASHfestUK with Middlesex University, University of Greenwich, The Refinery, Telfscot Primary School, Invicta Primary School, Baring Primary School, Lucas Vale Primary School, Kender Primary School, St Mary’s Lewisham CE Primary School, Rathfern Primary School, Woodcroft Primary School, Roe Green Junior School, St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Conway Primary School, Discovery Primary School and Royal Greenwich Trust School.