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Enter the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2021-22

The 2021-22 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards are now open for entry.

Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards logo 2021-22 (52818956)
Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards logo 2021-22 (52818956)

The premier awards for a host of science and technology sectors in the region, they are now in their fifth year, and attract regional, national and indeed international interest.

You can enter by filling in the form on this page. There are 15 categories and you can find a description of each below the form.

We are delighted to be supported once again by a fantastic cast of sponsors.

If you have questions about the awards, or want to get involved, contact paul.brackley@iliffemedia.co.uk.


  • Entrants must have a base within the Cambridge Independent circulation area.
  • Nominees can enter more than one category. You can enter multiple categories with one form, or choose to submit different entries for different categories to enable you to tailor your entry.
  • Nominations are open now and close at 11pm on January 19, 2022.
  • Individuals can nominate themselves, or be nominated, for the Researcher of the Year and CEO of the Year categories.
  • Previous nominees and winners are welcome to enter.


  • If you wish to include sensitive information in your entry, but do not wish it made public at this stage, please indicate this on your entry.
  • Remember that we are particularly interested to hear about progress over the last year.


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The sponsors of the 2021-22 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards (54489611)
The sponsors of the 2021-22 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards (54489611)

We have 15 categories to enter this year.

Remember that you can enter more than one.

Two new categories for entry are included in this year’s awards - the Enterprise Skills Award, and Employer of the Year. We have also introduced the In Search of Wonder Lifetime Achievement Award, the winner of which will be selected by an expert panel.

Here we describe what we are looking for in each category.

Start-up of the Year

Sponsored by Kao Data

This celebration of early-stage companies will reward those who show entrepreneurial drive to solve a problem, or improve on what is already out there. Previous winners have gone on to great things - we are sure this year’s winner will do too.

STEM Initiative of the Year

Sponsored by CityFibre

This award will recognise work to encourage greater engagement in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. From inspiring young people to consider courses and careers in STEM, and creating the next generation of entrepreneurs, to broadening access to, and understanding of STEM fields in the wider population, we are looking for projects that have made a difference. Tell us about the impact you have made and the innovation in your approach.

Researcher of the Year

Sponsored by AstraZeneca

Open to academic and commercial researchers alike, this award will recognise a researcher who is outstanding in his or her field, and has carried out exemplary work in the last year. Share details of the purpose, method and findings of the research, any publications, its impact and potential applications. Researchers can nominate themselves, or be nominated by others.

The Enterprise Skills Award

Sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School

Awarded to an organisation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to leadership or management training for its scientific and technical staff.

The business skills agenda is an important one for both deep tech science companies in the city and region, but also others who employ technical staff in other equally critical sectors.

The Tech for Good Award

Sponsored by Allia Future Business Centre Cambridge

What is the purpose of your technology? This award seeks to reward those using technology for positive social, environmental or economic ends. Open to companies, social enterprises and other organisations, the judges will reward impact.

The One to Watch

Sponsored by cofinitive

With a track record in highlighting the next big thing, this award seeks to identify individuals, companies or technologies that are setting the standards in innovation and entrepreneurship. We’re looking for the trailblazers who are pushing the boundaries of possibility and shaping the future.

The Award for Innovation

Sponsored by Illumina

This will highlight innovative products, ideas and companies across all fields of science and technology. How is what you offer different to what’s out there? How has your company changed the landscape? Share your stories of ingenuity with us.

Cleantech Company of the Year

Sponsored by Woodfines Solicitors

We want to reward the pioneers of cleantech, who are thinking about the planet as well as their bottom line. The winner will be a company with technology that solves a problem, or improves lives, in a sustainable way – a true example to all.

Biotech Company of the Year

Sponsored by Chesterford Research Park

This is always hotly-contested as the Cambridge region at the centre of one of the most exciting biotechnology clusters in the world. Tell us about the progress your company has made in the last year, and explain how your work can improve lives.

Medtech Company of the Year

Sponsored by Sagentia Innovation

We want to hear evidence of how your company’s medtech is capable of improving healthcare for patients. From groundbreaking tools that can diagnose disease to methods of monitoring a condition, we’re looking for technology that improves quality of life.

AI Company of the Year

Sponsored by Appleyard Lees

With Cambridge leading the way in showing how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used in a positive way to solve all sorts of problems, we are looking for entries that demonstrate novel and innovative uses of these emerging technology.

CEO of the Year

Sponsored by Bidwells

It has been a challenging time to lead any organisation. We are looking for an inspirational CEO who has led a company or organisation through the pandemic and on to new heights in the past 12 months. Evidence of progress, change or entrepreneurship – and genuine leadership qualities – will be looked on favourably by the judging panel. Chief executives can nominate themselves, or be nominated.

Technology Company of the Year

Sponsored by the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Anglia Ruskin University

How is your company’s technology making a difference? What has your team achieved in the last 12 months? This broad category encapsulates any company with technology at its heart – from wireless tech to agritech, engineering expertise to electronics.

Employer of the Year

Sponsored by COEL

What makes your organisation an attractive place to work? Demonstrate your commitment to your team, to corporate social responsibility and to the green agenda with this new award, which will highlight an organisation or business within any field of science and technology that truly supports its employees and the wider community.

Life Science Company of the Year

Sponsored by BioStrata

We are looking for a pioneer – a company worthy of special recognition in one of the world’s most exciting life science clusters. The winner of this coveted title will need to demonstrate how their work in the last year has made a difference.

In Search of Wonder Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by JDJ Creative

This special inaugural award will honour an individual whose work has made a very significant and lasting impact on a sector or field. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges. If you would like to propose individuals for consideration, email paul.brackley@iliffemedia.co.uk.

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