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Prizes and medals

The celebration of engineering excellence is at the heart of the Royal Academy of Engineering. The UK continues to provide an abundance of engineers whose achievements in the academic and professional practice of engineering have a huge impact on society. Our awards celebrate the significant contribution of engineering to the nation’s wealth, health and wellbeing and recognise engineers at all stages of their careers.

Awards given by the Royal Academy of Engineering seek to recognise and reward the very best of engineering talent from not only across the UK but internationally as well.

We seek to inspire the next generation of engineers by identifying and rewarding possible role models and by demonstrating the relevance of engineering to society today.

Individual Awards

The Academy awards a number of medals each year in recognition of excellence in engineering.

  • International Medal
    For outstanding and sustained personal achievement in engineering by an individual who is neither a UK resident nor a British citizen.

  • President's Medal
    For an Academy Fellow who has greatly contributed to the Academy’s work and aims.

  • Prince Philip Medal
    For exceptional contributions to engineering through practice, management or education.

  • Silver Medal
    For outstanding personal contribution to UK engineering by an early to mid-career engineer resulting in market exploitation.

  • Sir Frank Whittle Medal
    For outstanding and sustained achievement in any engineering discipline by an engineer resident in the UK.

  • Sir George Macfarlane Medal
    For a UK engineer who has demonstrated excellence in the early stage of his or her career.

Other Awards

  • Colin Campbell Mitchell Award
    For an engineer or small team of engineers who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of any field of UK engineering.

  • Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award
    For UK university researchers working in the broad field of electro-technology who demonstrate considerable entrepreneurial promise.

  • The MacRobert Award
    For exceptional UK innovation in engineering that demonstrates commercial success and benefit to society.

  • Major Project Award
    For a team based in the UK that has played a critical role in a major engineering project that has had substantial impact on society.

  • The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
    For outstanding advances in engineering that have changed the world and benefited humanity.

  • Rooke Award
    For the public promotion of engineering by an individual, small team or project based in the UK.

  • Africa Prize
    The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, targeted to motivate, recognise and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa was launched in March 2014.

  • Launchpad Competition
    The Launchpad competition will award the brightest young entrepreneurs in the UK between the ages of 16-25 with a cash prize and bespoke support to start and grow a leading technology company.

Contact details

Royal Academy of Engineering
Prince Philip House
3 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5DG

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7766 0648

General awards: Email Awards
International Medal: Email International
MacRobert Award: Email MacRobert
Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering: Email QE Prize



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