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The Royal Academy of Engineering is a charity (Registered no. 293074). Many of its activities are funded by government – others receive generous support from charitable trusts, companies, Fellows of the Academy and other private donors.

Its visions and ambitions are set out in its Strategic Plan for 2011-15 (550KB)Adobe PDF Icon. Realising these, particularly in a challenging economic climate, requires the Academy to build and nurture relationships with supporters, potential and current on an ongoing basis. The Academy’s Development team leads these efforts.

In recent years fundraising has helped the Academy achieve significant progress, increasing the reach and capacity of its programmes and creating the Forum for engineering. The latter project was completed in 2012 following a successful campaign which raised 6.5m.

In these pages you can learn more about the Academy’s Development activities and how they are helping do more to support excellence in engineering, create the next generation of engineering talent and move engineering to the centre of society.

Development goals

Over 2011-15 the Academy aims to build on its progress by raising an additional 8m for programme delivery so as to increase the impact of its leading role in engineering:

  • Education and engagement - increasing the size and diversity of the pool of engineering talent available in the UK.

  • Society and government – informing debate and furthering understanding of engineering matters

  • Research and industry – supporting world-class UK research in strategic and emerging technologies

  • Prizes and awards – encouraging and rewarding engineering excellence

  • Research in strategic and emerging technologies

  • Prizes and awards – encouraging and rewarding engineering excellence

Opportunities for partnering with the Academy are illustrated in this Engineering in Partnership brochure (190KB)Adobe PDF Icon.

Further details of Programmes the Academy is seeking further support for can be seen here. Over the coming years the Academy will also seek to fund:

  • Activities at the Forum for engineering – distinctive influential events which will raise the profile of engineering in the UK

  • Further capital projects at the Academy – building on the success of the Forum for engineering project.

Development Advisory Board

The Development Advisory Board is chaired by Dick Olver FREng, Chairman of BAE Systems plc, and includes Academy Fellows and other individuals similarly committed to raising the recognition of the contribution engineering and engineers make to the health and wealth of our society. Development Advisory Board members are listed here.

Our supporters

A list of companies, organisations and individuals supporting the Academy can be found here.

Ways to support

The Academy values all donations it receives. If you would like to make a personal contribution, please click here. If you are a company or charitable trust please contact the Development staff.


Contact details for the Academy’s Development staff.



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