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UKSG Innovation competition/award

We are excited to announce that we will be working with UKSG and the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) to offer a new annual competition/award with three distinct aims as listed below.


  • To stimulate innovation and creativity in the scholarly communications sector
  • To offer a development and career opportunity for new professionals
  • To demonstrate tangible UKSG support for new career professionals


The competition/award is open only to new professionals (maximum 5 years’ experience – post professional qualification), however you can apply as a group or as an individual; where it is a group application the lead applicant must be a new professional.

  • 1 x winner* will be selected from the library community
  • 1 x winner* will be selected from the publishing community

*as mentioned this can be an individual or a group

Funding will be provided for the winners to develop ideas and concepts of benefit to our sector and with this initiative we hope to stimulate innovation and creativity in the scholarly communications sector, as well as offering an opportunity for new professionals to raise their profiles.

Grants and assistance available

  • £1,000 – for each winning entrant to develop idea/concept

Potential example ideas could include:

• Setting up a new network e.g. NLPN, DILON
• Further development of Post-Graduate dissertation research
• Development of a blog/social media service/tool
• Development of an app

Potential spend for winners of the competition/award could include:

• Marketing collateral
• Event hosting expenses
• Related technology spend e.g. website or social media development
• Travel (to undertake research)

• Research outputs

Other benefits to the winner(s) are:

  • Potential mentor from a UKSG committee to provide support as required
  • Potential hosting on UKSG website
  • Paid attendance for UKSG conference 2020


The winning entrants may be requested to undertake one or more of the following on behalf of UKSG and NLPN/SYP:

  • Potential progress report to be presented at UKSG forum event in 2019
  • UKSG e-news editorial
  • Article in Insights (TBC)
  • Potential breakout session at annual conference in 2020
  • Potential webinar
  • Feature on UKSG website and social media outlets
  • Potential NLPN blogpost


  • Entry by web form on UKSG website
  • Decision will made by selection committee (made up of UKSG, NLPN & SYP representatives)
  • Competition open until May 2019
  • Decision on winner communicated July 2019
  • Project to last 6 months within Sept 2019-Sept 2020 timeframe
  • Breakdown of expenditure required by April 2020

For further information and details on how to apply please see here. For queries please contact either Dominic Broadhurst or Bev Acreman

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