The Impact Awards were established by Unico (now PraxisAuril) in 2009 to recognise and celebrate the process of exchanging knowledge, expertise and intellectual assets beyond higher education institutions, charities and public sector research establishments for the wider benefit of the economy and society.

In 2015, PraxisUnico and Research Councils UK (RCUK) delivered a joint competition to raise awareness and celebrate the activities of successful Knowledge Exchange (KE) Teams (or individuals) that make an essential contribution to delivering impact from excellent research and capabilities. Research Councils UK also supported the competition in 2017.

The Impact Awards for KE Professionals 2017 continues to celebrate the achievements of KE professionals and our volunteer community in delivering and developing good practice across the sector.