The Royal Academy of Engineering has issued an open invitation to North West businesses for the much-coveted MacRobert Award, which celebrates innovative examples of engineering across the UK.
Applications for the MacRobert Award are now open with entry due to close by 31st January 2018. The most outstanding engineering innovators - those that have proven to be a commercial success and delivered tangible social benefit - may well receive £50,000, in addition to a gold medal and national acclaim.
Past MacRobert Award winners have helped transform industries and had a positive impact on everyday lives. These include the minds behind the Pegasus jet engine used in the iconic Harrier jets, catalytic converters and the roof of the former Millennium Dome.
The 2017 Award went to the creators of Raspberry Pi, which is now the third best-selling computer of all time and has encouraged over 85,000 children to learn to code.
According to Dr Dame Sue Ion, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering's judging panel: “The MacRobert Award aims to showcase outstanding innovation across every sector of UK engineering. Over the years we have been honoured to judge engineering innovation from a variety of sectors – ranging from medtech to software, electronics to aeronautics.
“Applications for the award are now open and we encourage companies to enter for a chance to win the UK’s most prestigious engineering innovation prize.”
All MacRobert Award applications are judged by a panel of Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Applicants will be whittled down to three finalists and announced in May.
The 2018 winner will be revealed at the Academy Awards Dinner in London on 27th June 2018 in front of a distinguished audience of top engineers, business leaders, politicians and journalists.