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Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Nominations for the 2021 QEPrize are currently open and will close on 17 July 2020.

Diverse, multifaceted, and continually evolving, engineering creates the solutions to global challenges and improves billions of lives. 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.



Awarded every two years, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) champions bold, groundbreaking engineering innovation which is of global benefit to humanity.


The £1 million prize 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.


Criteria

The judges will use these criteria to select the winner, or winners, of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering:

  • What is it that this person has done (or up to five people have done) that is a ground-breaking innovation in engineering?

  • In what way has this innovation been of global benefit to humanity?

  • Is there anyone else who might claim to have had a pivotal role in this development?


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.

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.


NOMINATIONS

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.

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


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?

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