Could your engineering innovation change the world? The Royal Academy of Engineering is looking for contenders for the MacRobert Award 2006, worth £50,000 tax-free to the winner, plus the solid gold MacRobert Award Medal. The closing date for entries is 31 January 2006.

Now in its 37th year, the MacRobert Award is Britain’s pre-eminent award for innovation in engineering. Open to individuals or teams of up to five people from any size of company who have exploited a major engineering breakthrough, the winner will be announced at the Academy’s Awards Dinner in London in June 2006.

Entries are welcomed from any field of engineering and technology as long as they are innovative, commercially successful and benefit society. A team of engineers from CSR plc, the Cambridge-based wireless silicon company, won the 2005 MacRobert Award for their single chip BlueCore™ family, the revolutionary devices which have fuelled the inexorable rise of Bluetooth wireless products, from mobile phones to medical devices.

“I’m delighted that CSR won the 2005 MacRobert Award,” says Academy President Lord Broers. “They had a brilliant idea, gathered the best engineers to develop it – including nearly 300 people at their research headquarters in Cambridge – and have become a global success story by exploiting a totally new market opportunity. This is what the MacRobert Award is all about – seeking, seizing and securing commercial opportunities through outstanding engineering innovation”.

Notes for editors

  1. CSR faced tough competition for the MacRobert Award from finalists Agilent Technologies for acceSS7 Location for tracing mobile phone signals, Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping (OHM) plc for controlled source electromagnetic sounding for oil exploration, and SPI for highly efficient, ultrabright fibre lasers.
  2. First presented in 1969, the MacRobert Award honours the winning company with a gold medal and up to five team members with a tax-free prize of £50,000 between them. HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, Senior Fellow of the Academy, takes a close interest in the MacRobert Award and has presented it almost every year since it was created.
  3. Founded by the MacRobert Trusts, the Award is now presented by the Academy after a prize fund was established with donations from the MacRobert Trusts, the Academy and British industry.
  4. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

For more information please contact: Clare Huddlestone at The Royal Academy of Engineering