Three weeks left to enter 2024 MacRobert Award

Entries close on 31 January for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award 

There are just three weeks left for UK engineering innovators to submit entries for this year’s MacRobert Award, the UK’s longest running and most prestigious prize for engineering innovation. 

Celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2024, the MacRobert award is presented to a team that has demonstrated outstanding innovation alongside proven commercial success and tangible societal benefit. The winning team receives a £50,000 cash prize, a gold medal, national publicity, widespread acclaim and an exclusive weekend away at Douneside House in the heart of the MacRobert estate in Aberdeenshire.

The award is open to all engineering teams, from the largest enterprises in the UK to SMEs, startups and spinouts, which prove that engineering innovation drives economic growth and has a significant benefit on society.

The opportunity to enter this year’s MacRobert Award closes at 5pm on Wednesday 31 January.

The MacRobert Award has showcased the breadth and success of the UK’s leading engineering innovations for more than half a century, with previous winners ranging from Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover to mini-computer pioneers Raspberry Pi and structural engineering pioneers Arup and Buro Happold.

The 2023 winner was Ceres Power for its ground-breaking fuel cell technology, which is set to make a major contribution to decarbonising the world at the scale and pace required to save the planet.

Chair of the MacRobert Award judging panel, Professor Sir Richard Friend FREng FRS shines a light on what he is looking for from entrants this year: “The unsung heroes of the UK’s world-changing engineering innovations deserve to be celebrated and that’s exactly what the MacRobert Award sets out to do. We’re looking for examples where the spark of an incredible idea has been turned into something that revolutionises either the way we live, or the industries it touches.

“There’s no particular formula for a winning entry, but when you see it, you know it. That’s why over the last 55 years, the award has celebrated teams at some of the UK’s most well-established companies with a global reach, as well as emerging businesses. As long as the innovation turns heads and has achieved both commercial success and a notable societal benefit, it may well be MacRobert-worthy.”

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