To ignite new knowledge generation,  recognize excellence and provide researchers, practitioners and policy makers with an opportunity to obtain visibility in the international scientific community and get recognition for their achievements, the THA offers annually and generally in conjunction with its Annual Conference and Summit,  a series of awards for the best in class in a specific TH domain and practices.


THA awards and winners



Awarded to Triple Helix Journal  authors, recognizing the most valuable paper published in our Journal

Winner 2017 Edition (presented at the THC2018, Manchester)  –  Georg Fuerlinger, Ulrich Fandl and Thomas Funke for the paper The role of the state in the entrepreneurship ecosystem: insights from Germany

Winner 2018 Edition (presented at the THC2019, Cape Town) – Mr Artur Tavares Vilas Boas Ribeiro, Ms Juliana Natsumi Uechi, for the paper  Building builders: entrepreneurship education from an ecosystem perspective at MIT


Awarded to full-time doctoral students or young researchers, recognizing the conceptual and methodological quality of their research papers, their originality and implications/applications for the Triple Helix models, concepts and approaches.

Winner 2018 Edition (presented at the THC2018, Manchester)  Sergio Manrique, for the paper Personal Networks and Trust in Public-Private R&D Partnerships: A Case Study from Spain. Check the interview with the winner

Winner 2019 Edition   (presented at the THC2019, Cape Town) – Bernadin Ahodode for the paper “Determinants of Sustainable Competitiveness in Africa: Analysis with the Open Quintuple Helix Model” (to  be presented)



Awarded to consultants, practitioners or policy makers who exemplifies significant, consistent, and career-long contributions to the development of the Triple Helix practice.

Winner 2018 Edition ( presented at the THS2018, Dubai) – Mr Roberto Albonetti for the case Lombardy Region Open Innovation Platform



Awarded to researchers, students or practitioners with ability to present clear and concise posters  showing the results of application and implementation of the Triple Helix model for innovation.

Winner 2019 Edition   (presented at the THC2019, Cape Town) – Felix Kwabena DONKOR, Mearns KEVIN, Enokenwa Ojong BAA, Henry Bikwibili TANTOH, Eromose EBHUOMA, Hadisu ABUBAKAR, Sibusisiwe MAVUSO, Philip MBEWE, Christopher MABEZA, Arianne LECLERC for the poster ” Harnessing the demographic dividend for enhanced food security and disaster risk reduction”


Awarded to a THA volunteer, recognizing the special and long lasting contribution over the previous years .

Winner 2018 Edition (presented at the THC2018, Manchester) Ms Sheila Forbes, Managing Editor of the Hèlice Magazine


For more information on THA Awards, please contact the Chair of the Meeting, Prize and Award Committee, Prof. Panos Ketikidis, or the Executive Director, Ms Maria Laura Fornaci