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Queen Elizabeth Prize for Innovation in Engineering 2021 ( £1 million Prize )

The QEPrize seeks nominations from the public that celebrate a wide variety of engineering innovations across all sectors of the profession, and a breadth of nominators from all corners of the globe.

The £1 million prize is the world’s most prestigious engineering accolade, awarded to up to five engineers responsible for a bold, groundbreaking engineering innovation of global benefit to humanity.

The only limitations are that self-nomination and posthumous nomination are not allowed.

Full nominations should be made by completing the nominations form via the link below. You will be asked to explain how the nominated innovation meets the judging criteria, identify the engineer or engineers responsible for the innovation, and provide two referees who are sufficiently knowledgeable to support the nomination.

The Prize

The winners will be awarded:

  • a total cash prize of £1 million (one million GBP); and
  • appropriate memorabilia to be decided by the Trustees in their sole discretion (the “Prize”). In the event that the Prize is received by more than one individual (but not more than five individuals, as above) collaborating under a single nomination, the Prize money will be shared between the winners as determined by the Trustees in their sole discretion on the advice of the Judging Panel.

If you have limited information on an innovation but believe it to be ground-breaking and to have already displayed a significant benefit to humanity, please provide as much information as you can. The information will be used to make further enquiries as to the suitability of the suggestion and, where appropriate, to prepare a full nomination.

Eligibility

Entry to the Prize is open to:

  • any living individual (or not more than five living individuals working as a team);
  • of any nationality;
  • who is personally responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering which has been of global benefit to humanity. Self-nomination is not permitted.
  • The Trustees reserve the right to reject any nomination where, in their reasonable opinion, there is or is likely to be a conflict of interest between the nominees, nominators or any referees and any other nomination or the Prize more generally.

Nominations Checklist

  • Does the innovation have global impact?
  • Can you identify up to 5 engineers responsible?
  • Do you have enough information to write a case for nomination?
  • Are you able to identify at least 2 people who are familiar enough with the innovation to act as referees?

If you need help or have questions about making a nomination, please email nominations@qeprize.org.

Start and closing date

All nominations and Referee endorsements must be received by their respective closing dates to be considered for selection to win the Prize. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, or delayed in transit or submission to the Trustees.

Method of entry

Guidance for how to make a nomination is as follows. If you need help or have questions about making a nomination, please email nominations@qeprize.org:

Full nominations should be made by completing the nominations form on the QEPrize website. You will be asked to explain how the nominated innovation meets the judging criteria, identify the engineer or engineers responsible for the innovation, and provide two referees who are sufficiently knowledgeable to support the nomination

How to Apply

Visit the Official Webpage to Apply