UKSPA S-Lab Awards & Gala Dinner
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Awards and Gala Dinner

York Racecourse, Tuesday 9 May, 2017. 

There are 3 categories of awards, UKSPA Awards only, joint S-LAB and UKSPA awards, and S-Labs awards only. Please note that the S-Labs only awards and the joint awards have the same deadlines of Tuesday 20 December 2016. Details of the nomination process is available here.

The UKSPA only awards nominations should be made on the UKSPA  nomination forms, which are available to download below or through the UKSPA website, with a Submission Deadline of Tuesday 11 April 2017.

The S-LAB Website provides details of the nomination process for the S-Lab and Joint Awards here.

The Awards form part of the activities taking place at the UKSPA/S-Labs Conference at York race Course Conference Centre on 9th and 10th May 2017. The UKSPA Awards complement the S-Labs Awards Programme and the Awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner on Tuesday 9 May 2017 in York.

Recognising Excellence in Innovation: Design, Delivery and Achievement

UKSPA Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements and activities of members from Science Parks, Incubators, Innovation Centres and the wider innovation movement in the UK.

Today, perhaps more than any other, we need to promote and publicise the achievements of members and their tenant companies and the impact that is made to the local, national and international economy.

The Awards celebrate individual as well as corporate achievement and the categories have been chosen to ensure that all members have the opportunity of participating in the programme.


Application forms for the Awards are available below together with with information on the deadlines for submission. 

Please complete the below application pack and send your completed application to: Paul Wright, Paul Wright, Chief Executive, United Kingdom Science Park Association, Garden Cottage, Chesterford Research Park, Little Chesterford, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10

All entries must be received by Tuesday 11th April 2017.

If you need advice with completing your application form please contact Paul Wright on 01799 532048.

What happens next?

Shortlisted entrants will be notified by the 19th April 2017. There will be three finalists in each category and each will be highlighted at the Dinner and featured in the Conference Programme.  It is hoped that all finalists will attend the Gala Awards Dinner on 9 May 2017.

Awards Categories

The UKSPA Award for innovative design.

Application Form

 - PDF Document

The Award recognises a building that demonstrates environmental sustainability -The applicant must show how they have designed a building, developed a product or implemented a process that is environmentally sustainable. Examples might include a site or building using new sustainable technologies, a new piece of technology that helps to re-cycle waste, or a new process that replaces one that presently harms the environment. 

The Award for the UKSPA Member with the most successful project

Application Form
 - PDF Document

This Award recognises the most innovative approach to managing a local project with proven exceptional outcomes. The projects may demonstrate international collaboration, educational outreach, regeneration, a successful promotional project, creation of a successful network or indeed any special project of the applicants choosing. 

The Award for the most successful company at an UKSPA Member location

Application Form
 - PDF Document

Success can be defined in different ways, but likely factors within applications will be able to demonstrate exploitation of innovative thinking, development of a new technology, product or process, innovative use of finance, exploitation of new markets or creation of new employment opportunities. 

The Award for the UKSPA Member seen to be “setting the pace”.

Application Form  
 - PDF Document

For the member making the most significant contribution to the exploitation of the knowledge base, developing innovation capacity in the UK, and proven ability to actively support the growth of knowledge-based firms. In particular, we hope that applications will include some case study materials from successful tenants. 

Download the UKSPA Awards Leaflet here


Reflecting the collaboration between S-Lab and the UK Science Park Association for the joint Conference in York on May 9-10 2017, two special categories have been created: 


Focused building or campus - recognising new/recent projects demonstrating features such as university/industry collaboration, provision of specialist expertise or facilities, practical support for start-up and scale-up, or other aspects for successful knowledge creation, transfer and commercialisation. 

Environmentally sustainable building

Recognising designs that result in minimised use of space, energy, water, materials and other resources and/or support other sustainability objectives such as biodiversity; and which demonstrate that these have been achieved in practice. 


The nomination deadline for the S-Lab Awards has now passed. These awards are:

STEM Building

Recognising new or completely refurbished laboratory-containing buildings in any sector which are safe, successful and sustainable, and which have been commissioned and handed over in the period January 2013 – July 2016.

Refurbished Laboratories  

Recognising partial refurbishments of existing buildings for science purposes in any sector which are safe, successful and sustainable, and which have been commissioned and handed over in the period January 2014 – July 2016.

Laboratory Effectiveness 

Recognising initiatives to improve laboratory organisation, management, skills, space efficiency, workflows and other areas of operation.

Laboratory Environmental Improvement

Recognising initiatives to minimise the energy and water consumption and / or environmental footprint of laboratories.

Best New or Improved Product

Recognising new or significantly upgraded products or services that offer substantial benefits to laboratory owners and users, e.g. innovative functionality, improved performance and quality, reduced costs, minimised energy and water.

Making a Difference

Recognising an individual or small team that has made a significant contribution within their laboratory or organisation through innovative working.

Download the S-Labs Awards Leaflet here.

The S-LAB Website provides details of the nomination process for the S-LAB and Joint Awards here.

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