Celebrating 50 years of British innovation – nominations now open for 2019 MacRobert Award


The MacRobert Award, celebrating its 50th year in 2019, is the UK’s longest running and most prestigious national prize for engineering innovation. It recognises outstanding engineering innovation combined with proven commercial success and tangible social benefit.

The award honours the winning organisation with a gold medal and the team members receive a cash prize of £50,000 along with national acclaim for the winning entry.

Applications are welcomed from right across the breadth of engineering, from small and large companies, as well as newcomers and those well established in their industries. Applications that showcase the diversity of talent supporting UK innovation are welcome.

The 2019 winner will be revealed at the Academy Awards Dinner in London on 11 July 2019 from a shortlist of three finalists. Details on how and why to apply for the award are available on the Royal Academy of Engineering’s website. Applications for the 2019 award should be made via the online nominations system by 31 January 2019.

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.

The 2018 winner was Owlstone Medical for its unique breath biopsy platform, which has opened the potential for earlier diagnosis and precision medicine for cancer, inflammatory disease and infectious disease.

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.