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).


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

Value of award

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.

Award conditions

  • 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.

Application process

Nominations for the 2021 prize are now open.

Submit the completed 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

Award winners

Find out more about previous James Clayton Prize winners.

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