The UK’s most valuable prize for innovation in engineering is now inviting entries from companies of all sizes and disciplines.

The 2012 MacRobert Award, worth £50,000 to the winners, has been awarded annually since 1969 to engineering projects which have shown clear innovation, commercial success and value to society.

Cambridge-based Microsoft Research won the award this year, impressing the judges with their machine learning work on the human motion capture in Kinect for Xbox 360, allowing controller-free gaming and opening up a whole new future for human interaction with computers. In the two months after its launch in November 2010, Kinect sold 8 million devices, making it the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history.

Over the years, many MacRobert winners have gone on to shape the future of engineering, no more so than Godfrey Hounsfield, who researched and built the first CT scanner while working for EMI Limited. The first successful scan was made in October 1971 and he received his MacRobert award just 14 months later.

It would be another seven years before Hounsfield would pick up the Nobel Prize in medicine for his work and he was later Knighted and elected to both the Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society.

Today, the CT scanner is used in hospitals across the world and has proven to be one of the most important pieces of medical engineering in history.

More information about the 2012 MacRobert Award and details for entry

Download the 2012 MacRobert Award brochure (349.27 KB)

Watch the 2012 MacRobert Award promotional video

Notes for editors

The MacRobert Award

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. 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.

The Royal Academy of Engineering

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

Ed Holmes on 0207 766 0655