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Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award accepting entries for successful developed innovative ideas in engineering

Applications for the 2014 MacRobert Award are now open, with a closing date of Monday 20 January 2014.

The Award recognises the successful development of innovative ideas in engineering. It seeks to demonstrate the importance of engineering and the role of engineers and scientists in contributing to national prosperity and international prestige.

First presented in 1969, the winning organisation is awarded a gold medal, and each of the individual nominees with a bronze medal. There is, in addition, a cash prize of £50,000.

Originally founded by the MacRobert Trusts the Award is now presented by The Royal Academy of Engineering, with a prize fund established with donations from the MacRobert Trusts, The Royal Academy of Engineering and British industry.

Previous winners include Jaguar Land Rover for the Range Rover Evoque, which carved out an entirely new market segment with its striking concept-car design, and Arup for the Water Cube (the Beijing Aquatic Centre), the setting for the swimming events at the 2008 Summer’s Olympic Games.

The Award is open to any individual or team from any organisation in the private, public or charitable sectors. However, no more than five individuals can be named as the key innovators behind the submission. Applications are invited for engineering innovations in any area of engineering, science, medicine or technology.


Judging criteria

The MacRobert Award judging panel identifies world-leading engineering developments which demonstrate innovation, commercial success and benefit to society, to reflect the diversity of 21st century engineering:

Examples include, but are not limited to: health and safety, national security, environmental improvement, employment, exports, spin-off activity and so on.

The judging panel comprises of Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, representing a wide range of engineering disciplines and organisational backgrounds, and a representative of the MacRobert Trust.

Submissions for the 2014 MacRobert Award should be made electronically via the Royal Academy of Engineering website.

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