The Transfer Award of the University of Konstanz Society (UGK e.V.)

Exceptional knowledge transfer activities should be commended: the University of Konstanz Society (UGK) to award its first ever Transfer Award for projects that connect science and society.

The three central fields of the University of Konstanz’s knowledge transfer activities are communication, advice and application. The corresponding research or teaching projects are as creative and diverse as they are innovative. The scientists involved are dedicated to either nurturing the dialogue between science and society, moving scientific discoveries beyond purely academic fields, generating interest in and enthusiasm for research or developing real-life applications for scientific discoveries. They all have one thing in common: Their research and teaching provide noticeable advantages for society. They have earned our attention, recognition and appreciation.

The University of Konstanz Society (UGK) will honour these exceptional achievements and extraordinary dedication in one or more of the aforementioned types of knowledge transfer activities with the

Transfer Award 2018.

The prize is worth 3,000 euros and will be presented for the first time at the Dies academicus ceremony on 19 October 2018.

Application process and selection criteria: Application by nomination

  • University members or external partners have until Friday, 11 May 2018 to nominate activities and projects for the transfer award. Only members of the University of Konstanz are eligible for the prize.
  • The nomination should include an abstract of the project (1 page maximum) describing how the activity fulfils the criteria for the Transfer Award.
  • After an initial evaluation by the selection committee (comprised of representatives from different areas of the university and the UGK), those responsible for short-listed activities will be asked to provide additional information for the assessment process.
  • The winning project will be announced at the end of June 2018.

Selection criteria
(the list includes information for all three knowledge transfer fields, however, not all criteria are relevant for every project)

  • The activities promote active exchange between the academic sphere and members of society, the business community, political or cultural fields or other stakeholders.
  • The activity promotes the understanding of a scientific topic, generates enthusiasm for science or invites participation in scientific work.
  • The activity has an effect on society. This can be a direct benefit (as in a practical application or business spin-off) or an innovative approach to discussion on a socially relevant topic.
  • The activity leads to further projects or collaborations with different areas of the university or external partners.
  • The activity is a particularly creative means of promoting knowledge transfer, for example by using innovative formats for communication/interaction.

Which projects will not be considered?

Activities that are receiving funding from the UGK at any point during the nomination and selection process are excluded from the competition. This also includes projects that have already received an award in the categories of research or teaching in either the current or previous year.