The IET Innovation Awards 2017 (image)

15 November 2017 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Horizontal Innovation



Category scope

Horizontal Innovation is the effective transfer of knowledge and technology from one sector to another based upon pre-existing technologies and processes, and delivering huge potential benefits in terms of scale, time to market and relative costs.


For instance, horizontal innovation can:

  • Ease the burden imposed on public resources through research and development (R&D) by adapting technologies, systems and know-how developed in one sector to uses and applications in others
  • Maximise the return on investment from scientific research
  • Minimise the duplication of research between academic and industrial sectors
  • Provide cross-disciplinary opportunities for researchers to collaborate with other organisations
  • Provide economic potential and motivation for both technology donors and technology receivers where the social impact is high and the potential market is large


Entries to the IET Horizontal Innovation Award category are welcomed from all sectors and can range from research concepts and ideas to technical issues and industrial applications.


Current examples of Horizontal Innovation include:

  • A retrofit aerofoil system keeping cool air inside a commercial refrigerator cabinet, to reduce the energy consumed by refrigerators in supermarkets and convenience stores
  • The electronic measurement, logging and data display systems used for mammal tracking and elite sports performance measurement to assist in the safe transportation of premature babies
  • The design and manufacture of composite flywheel-based energy storage systems to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of inner city buses and other mass transit and heavy vehicles
  • The effective transferred expertise and technology in carbon fibre lightweight structures to an automated large format digital printing production line in the Industrial Inkjet sector designing and supplying a carbon fibre ‘mono structure’ for an industrial automation application
  • Utilised high power energy recovery and energy storage systems for rail and power grid applications, originally developed for Formula 1. The technology delivers reduced investment and operating costs, CO2 savings and increased security and performance
  • Engineers developing a drill for probing Mars, the Moon and asteroids have created the world’s first portable charger to power up electric cars anywhere, anytime. Drawing on the same voltage as a vacuum cleaner, the charger can be plugged into any household socket without blowing a fuse


There are three simple steps to entering the awards


Prepare your entry form and any supporting evidence (if appropriate) along with a high res photo (min. 300dpi) of your innovation. You’ll need a succinct title and a brief description (50 words max), we also ask for a PR contact (if relevant).


Register as a new user on the online submission system and submit your entry form, evidence and photo following the on-screen instructions.


Put 15 November 2017 in your diary. You’ll need to attend the ceremony if you’re shortlisted!




Handy hints for completing your entry form

  • The title of your entry should describe the content and not include the name of your company or organisation with no more than 15 words
  • You may enter up to three categories with each innovation but will require a separate entry form for each
  • Ensure you actually describe how your innovation works (simple, but not always the case!)
  • No sales jargon please
  • Be specific to the questions posed
  • Remember to refer back to the judging criteria
  • Please remember that it is quality over quantity. Pay attention to the guideline words lengths
  • The description in question five may be used to describe your innovation in any general marketing and publicity that the institution does on your behalf should your entry reach finalist stage of the awards. This marketing will reach a very broad audience and needs to be constructed in non-technical terms. It should not simply repeat the entry title as the two will usually be listed together