Could your engineering innovation change the world? The Royal Academy of Engineering is looking for contenders for the MacRobert Award 2007, worth £50,000 tax-free to the winner, plus the solid gold  MacRobert Award  Medal. The closing date for entries is 31 January 2007.

Now in its 38th 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 2007.

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 Dunfermline-based Optos plc won the 2006 MacRobert Award for developing the first ultra-wide retinal imager, which is now helping opticians across the world to diagnose eye problems much more efficiently.

"Optos shows that Britain’s long tradition of engineering innovation is still thriving,” says Dr Geoff Robinson, Chairman of the MacRobert Award judging panel. “Their determination to solve what seemed an impossible problem, using skills and technologies from a range of disciplines, led to ultimate success, not only in commercial terms but in the improvement of millions of people’s lives. I am confident that there are many examples of such engineering excellence around the country that are worthy of becoming the winner of the 2007 MacRobert Award."

For further entry details please contact Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering on tel. 020 7227 0536

Notes for editors

  1. Optos faced tough competition for the 2006 MacRobert Award from the three finalists: Airbus UK for the A380 Integrated Wing Design; Brinker Technology Ltd for platelet technology for pipe systems and flow lines; and Davy Process Technology Ltd for developing an environmentally friendly ethyl acetate production process. For further details please see
  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: Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering