Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
Engineering is fundamental. It tackles the big global issues; it designs our homes and creates our water, energy and communications systems; it sustains our economies. It transports, transforms, informs and protects. From fashion to fusion, there is no part of our lives it does not touch.
From the creation of new materials to make the clothes of the future to the development of clean, green sources of power – engineering underpins almost every detail of modern life.
This is the real story of twenty-first century engineering. This is what the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering celebrates.
The new global £1million prize will recognise world-changing advances in engineering that have made a difference to humanity, producing a tangible and widespread public benefit.
The prize will discover and celebrate the untold stories of engineering success and the people behind them, and inspire a new generation of engineers to take up the challenges of the future.
Anyone can make a nomination for the prize online. Nominations are encouraged from the public, from engineering and science academies, universities, research organisations and companies around the world. The only restrictions are that you cannot nominate yourself or a member of your family, and the prize will not be awarded posthumously.
The judges will use the following criteria to select the winner or winners:
What is it that this person has done (or up to three 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?