Prestige Awards

The Institution's Prestige Awards celebrate and recognise excellent engineering in both academia and professional practices.

Awards are open to Members and non-members of the Institution. They champion engineers who have improved the world, or advanced the discipline of engineering both through professional and volunteering efforts.

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Find out more about each award and how to apply below.

2019 Awards

James Clayton Prize 

Prize: Up to £5,000 plus certificate
Awarded to a member(s) of the Institution who, contributes most in that year (or over recent years) to modern engineering science – by way of research, invention, experimental work, a paper on a modern engineering subject, originality in engineering design or by service to engineering. 

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James Watt International Gold Medal 

The premier international award of the Institution is awarded biennially (next awarded in 2020) to an eminent engineer who has attained world-wide recognition in mechanical engineering in any direction - science and research, invention or production. 

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Alastair Graham-Bryce Award 

Prize: £5,000 and trophy
Prize(s) awarded to an individual or group making a significant contribution to the encouragement of young people towards a career in engineering.  

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Verena Winifred Holmes Award 

Prize: £1,500 cash prize plus certificate
The Verena Winifred Holmes Award (previously the Equality and Diversity Award) is intended to recognise those individuals who have achieved by undertaking a unique challenge or experience, perhaps to benefit people from groups with different needs, or with a past record of disadvantage or low participation.

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Award for Risk Reduction in Mechanical Engineering 

Prize: £1,500 cash prize plus certificate
This award recognises any eminent engineer who has contributed most in the understanding and/or reduction of risk in any area of mechanical engineering.   

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Thomas Hawksley Gold Medal and George Stephenson Gold Medal

Awarded for the best original papers published by the Institution in the past 12 months.

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