Entries will be accepted from
early October with a closing date of the last day of
January, the following year.
All submissions received are acknowledged by letter
and allocated a reference number.
The Short Listing Stage
Following the closing date for
submissions, the Judging Panel reviews all the
entries and selects a short-list of eight to ten
candidates. Applicants will be notified of the
result of this process in mid-March. The Panel does
not normally comment on submissions that are not
short-listed. 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 short-listing process, successful or
otherwise, remain confidential.
For those submissions that are
short-listed, 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 short-listed
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
short-listed applicants will take place between
Tuesday 9 April to Thursday 18 April 2013. 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 short-listed organisations.
“The site visit turned out
to have many additional benefits. In particular, it
has helped us improve our marketing material because
we had to think in a particular way how to present
our company, what it does and what the benefits
are.” Professor Nilay Shah, Director, Process
Systems Enterprise Limited, MacRobert Award Winner
The Final stage
Following the site visit, the
case for each short-listed entry will be made to the
full panel by the two judges who visited that
organisation. As a result of this process, up to
four finalists are then chosen. The short-listed
companies should hear the results of this process
during the second half of April. The Panel does not
normally comment on submissions that are not chosen
as finalists. Again, 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 Tuesday 21 May to Wednesday 29 May 2013.
When all the finalists have been visited, the judges
meet to decide the winner.
The winner of the MacRobert
Award is announced at The Royal Academy of
Engineering Annual Awards Dinner normally held at
the beginning of June in a prestigious London
location. Finalist teams will be invited to attend
and to mount a display of their project during the
Finalists will be invited to
participate in a number of other publicity related
activities prior to the announcement of the winner.
Publicity is sought in the trade press and other
An article about each finalist
will appear in Ingenia, the Academy’s
quarterly magazine. Ingenia is received by
over 8000 leaders and opinion formers both within
and outside the engineering profession.
The winner of the Award will
also be invited to exhibit their projects at the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Forum for Engineering.