Judging timetable

Entries will normally be accepted from early October with a closing date of 31 January, the following year.

The shortlisting stage

Following the closing date for submissions, the Judging Panel reviews all the entries and selects a shortlist of six to eight candidates. The Panel does not normally comment on submissions that are not shortlisted. However, if the primary reason for not selecting a submission is that it is too early to judge the commercial success of the project, applicants will be informed of this and invited to resubmit the project in a subsequent year. The results of the shortlisting process, successful or otherwise, remain confidential.

For those submissions that are shortlisted, the Panel may request additional information on particular aspects of the project. They may request that this information be provided in writing or at the subsequent site visit.

Two members of the Judging Panel will visit each of the shortlisted organisations. Where possible, one member will be chosen for their expertise in the field, the other will often be an expert in an unrelated field.  Site visits to the shortlisted applicants will take place between Monday 13 March and Friday 24 March 2017. The person named as the organisation’s contact should be available to help organise the visit and should ensure that the individual nominees will be available for the visit.

More details of the objectives and requirements of the site visit will be provided to the shortlisted organisations.

The final stage

Following the site visit, the case for each shortlisted entry will be made to the full Panel by the two judges who visited that organisation. As a result of this process, three finalists are then chosen. The Panel does not normally comment on submissions that are not chosen as finalists. However, if the panel felt that a particular submission would have been considerably strengthened by further commercial success, the applicant will be informed of this and invited to resubmit the project in a subsequent year.

The whole Judging Panel then visits all the finalists in turn. Again, the person named as the organisation’s contact should be available to help organise the visit and should ensure that the individual nominees and the head of the organisation will be available for the visit. These visits will take place between Monday 8 May and Thursday 11 May 2017.

When all the finalists have been visited, the judges meet to decide the winner.

Awards dinners

The announcement of the MacRobert Award 2017 will be made at the Royal Academy of Engineering Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday 29 June 2017 at the Landmark Hotel in London. Finalists will be expected to attend and will join a mix of representatives from government, heads of industry and the media. 

The winning team will also be invited to attend The Worshipful Company of Engineers Awards Dinner in July 2017 in London.