The MacRobert Award, first presented in 1969, is the UK's longest-running and most prestigious national prize for engineering innovation.  

It honours the winning organisation with a gold medal, and the team members a cash prize of £50,000. The presentation of the Award recognises outstanding innovation, tangible societal benefit and proven commercial success.

Past winners have included the engineers behind innovations such as the Pegasus jet engine, catalytic converters, the roof of the Millennium Dome and intelligent prosthetic limbs. In 2017 the Award was won by the team behind the Raspberry Pi microcomputer.

Originally founded by the MacRobert Trust, the Award is now presented and run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, with support from the Worshipful Company of Engineers.


Who is eligible for the MacRobert Award?

Engineers from any discipline, based in the UK, who are behind a successful innovation that has benefited society.


How will the Award be judged?

All applications will be reviewed by our panel of expert judges, who will whittle down entries according to three main criteria - innovation, commercial success, and benefit to society - to create a shortlist. More information on the judging criteria can be found at the How to apply page.

Following visits to each of the shortlisted entrants to gather further information, the panel will convene to select three finalists for 2018. Each finalist will then be visited by the full judging panel for a final stage of interviews, before the winner is selected.


When does it all take place?

Following the application deadline of 31 January 2018, judges will review applications and conduct site visits throughout the spring. The 2018 finalists will be announced in May, with the overall winner revealed at the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards Dinner on 27 June 2018.

A full explanation of the judging timeline, including key site visit dates for applicants, can be found at the Timeline for the 2018 Award page.


What could I win?

The winning team receives a £50,000 cash prize and gold MacRobert Award medal.