Nominations open for Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering


Diverse, multi-faceted and continually evolving, engineering creates the solutions to global challenges and improves billions of lives. It has propelled us from our first use of stone tools to an era of artificial intelligence and space travel. From smartphones and fashion to medicine and energy, engineers have revolutionised the way we live and will play a pivotal role in addressing the challenges of our future.

Engineers have enabled us to work together across the planet, explore the smallest cells and the most distant stars and navigate our way through the world.

Now is the time to recognise and celebrate them for it. Nominations for the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (the QEPrize) are now open around the world.

Awarded every two years to up to five engineers, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering champions bold, groundbreaking engineering innovation that is of global benefit to humanity.

The £1 million prize is the world’s most prestigious engineering accolade and celebrates engineering’s visionaries, inspiring young minds to consider engineering as a career choice and to help to solve the challenges of the future. The prize also encourages engineers to help extend the boundaries of what is possible across all disciplines and applications.

The QEPrize seeks a broad range of nominations from the public around the world that celebrate a wide variety of engineering innovations across all sectors of the profession. To find out more and to make a nomination, visit:

The only limitations are that self-nomination and posthumous nominations are not allowed. Nominations for the 2021 QEPrize opened on 21 April 2020 and will close on 17 July 2020.

The winners will be announced early in 2021.