James Clayton Prize

Awarded for exceptional contribution to mechanical engineering and related science, technology and invention. Achievement will be best demonstrated by way of a recent product or research project, or experimental work, from either an industrial or academic source in any geographical location over a typical period (circa five years). 

How to apply

Nominations for the 2020 prize are now open.

Download and submit the nomination form and any supporting documents to:

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


Up to £10,000.00 plus certificate. Ideally the James Clayton Prize should be split up as appropriate, i.e. £2,500 x 4 + certificates.


The Prize is open to all Institution Members of all grades. Candidates are permitted to nominate themselves.

Previous winners

Nominations process

Nominations are considered by 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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