The MacRobert Award is the UK’s premier award for engineering innovation and recognises companies, individuals or teams that combine excellence in engineering with commercial success and tangible benefit to society.

The 2014 competition is now open for entries from any individual or team from companies working in the UK in any area of engineering, science, medicine or technology. Finalists will be announced publicly and the winner revealed at the Royal Academy of Engineering Annual Awards Dinner on 2 July 2014. Applications close 20 January 2014.

The winner will receive wide acclaim in the engineering community and a £50,000 prize.

This year’s winner of the MacRobert Award for innovation was Cambridge-based software company RealVNC for their desktop-sharing software.

Dr Andy Harter FREng, CEO of RealVNC, said: “Winning the MacRobert Award was an incredible experience, and created a lasting feel-good factor in the company. The award recognises outstanding British innovation and business, and to receive such a prestigious honour is extraordinarily important in attracting and retaining the very best staff across the whole company.”

After winning the prize, the company has continued to innovate and launched a Facebook app called Deskhop, which uses patented technology to enable people to share access to their computer screens with their Facebook friends.

Previous winners have also included the Jaguar-Land Rover team behind the Range Rover Evoque, Microsoft Research for Kinect and Inmarsat for their satellite technology that allows broadband data connectivity anywhere in the world.

John Robinson FREng, Chair of the MacRobert Award judging panel, said, "Every year the judging panel are delighted to see that British engineers keep surpassing themselves in doing what they do best, innovation.

“For the 2014 edition of the prize, once again we are looking for enterprises companies, from start-ups to large, established to show us how they are shaping and changing our every day through their work.”

For more information on the award, please visit  the MacRobert Award

Notes for editors

  1. The MacRobert Award was first presented in 1969 and recognises the successful development of innovative ideas in engineering as well as seeking to demonstrate the importance of engineering and the role of engineers and scientists in contributing to national prosperity and international prestige. It was originally founded by the MacRobert Trusts but is now presented by The Academy, with a prize fund having been established with donations from the MacRobert Trusts, The Academy and British industry.
  2. More information about the MacRobert Award, including a copy of the 2014 brochure and online submission form, please visit  the MacRobert Award
  3. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.

    We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.

For more information please contact

Giorgio De Faveri at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0655; email: Giorgio De Faveri