Fritz Schumacher Award

An award intended to recognise individuals for their outstanding contribution to alleviating poverty in the developing world through innovative, simple and sustainable engineering and technology solutions.

The award would recognise work in one or more of the following fields:

  • Urban poverty
  • Water
  • Sanitation & health
  • Sustainable energy access
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Climate change
  • Gender
The fundamental attribute for this award is that candidates should have demonstrated that they are committed to utilising engineering and technology as a force for social good.  They recognise that innovation is stimulated by adversity and they understand that community participation, education, sustainability, affordability and scalability are key attributes to successful solutions in the developing world.

The award is intended for someone who has had marked positive effects on the quality of life of poor communities in the developing world – in Africa, Asia or Latin America. They will have created a new technology or conducted innovative research to enable product design for sustainable poverty alleviation. The prize will recognise effectiveness as well as vision.

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How to apply

Download and submit the nomination form and any other supporting documents by 31 March 2017 to:

Karen Frost 
ASK House 
IMechE Prizes and Awards Department 
Northgate Avenue 
Bury St Edmunds 
IP32 6BB 
United Kingdom


£1,000 cash prize plus certificate


The award is open to Institution Members and non-members.

Nominations Process

Nominations are considered by Practical Action and the Trustee Board Awards Committee in May and recommendations for awards are forwarded to the Trustee Board for approval in June. 

Successful recipients are notified by the President at the end of June and invited with a guest of their choice to a celebration of their success in London in the Autumn.

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