The Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, is the UK’s longest running and most prestigious prize for engineering innovation. It recognises outstanding engineering innovation combined with proven commercial success and tangible social benefit. Winners receive a £50,000 cash prize, gold medal and national acclaim.

Applications are now open. The RAE welcomes entries from right across the breadth of engineering – from small and large companies, as well as newcomers and those well-established in their industries.

They particularly welcome applications that showcase the diversity of talent supporting UK engineering innovation.

The 2019 winner will be revealed at the Academy Awards Dinner in London on 11 July 2019 from a shortlist of three finalists, selected by a judging panel chaired by Dr Dame Sue Ion DBE FREng FRS.

Details on how and why to apply for the 2019 Award can be found on the RAE website.

Previous winners include the inaugural joint winners of 1969 Freeman, Fox and Partners, for the Severn Bridge and Rolls-Royce for the Pegasus engine; EMI Ltd in 1972 for the CT Scanner; Buro Happold in 1999 for the roof structure of the Millennium Dome; Touch Bionics for their i-LIMB prosthetic hand in 2008 and Raspberry Pi for its microcomputer in 2017.

This year’s winner was Owlstone Medical (pictured above) for their unique Breath Biopsy platform, which has opened the potential for earlier diagnosis and precision medicine across cancer, inflammatory disease and infectious disease.

If you have any queries, contact the Academy team at or call 020 7766 0607.