The race is on to find the UK's top engineering innovators as there is less than one month to enter the MacRobert Award 2013.

Engineering companies can submit their entries for the premier award for UK innovation in engineering until 31 January. The winners receive £50,000 and a gold medal as well as wide recognition and prestige.

As the MacRobert Award celebrates 44 years of innovation, the judges are seeking superb engineering by a UK-based company to join previous winners such as Microsoft’s Kinect, the i-Limb bionic hand and last year’s winner, Jaguar Land Rover’s Evoque.

The award is open to any individual or team from companies which have innovated in the area of engineering, science, medicine or technology. The judges seek to identify world-leading engineering developments that demonstrate innovation, commercial success and benefits to the community. For more information on the judging criteria and award, please visit MacRobert Award.

John Robinson FREng, Chair of the MacRobert Award judging panel, says: "While there has been plenty of bad news about the economy in the last few years, UK engineering companies have continued to innovate and thrive in a variety of sectors – as demonstrated by last year’s MacRobert finalists, Andor, JBA Consulting and Jaguar Land Rover. There is great engineering going on all over the UK and we look forward to picking a MacRobert Award shortlist from an array of exciting entries.”

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 2013 brochure and online submission form, please visit MacRobert Award.
  3. 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

Sarah Griffiths at The Royal Academy of Engineering Tel. 020 7766 0655