James Watt International Gold Medal

This award is the premier international award of the Institution. Nominations are invited from overseas societies and eminent UK engineers are also eligible.

The Medal is awarded biennially to an eminent engineer who has attained world-wide recognition in mechanical engineering in any direction - science and research, invention, production. This prize was awarded in 2019.


The Award is open to Institution members of all grades as well as non-members. Candidates are permitted to nominate themselves.


Gold medal.

How to apply

Nominations for the 2019 Medal are now closed. This prize will next be awarded in 2021.

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

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

Nominations process

Candidates are permitted to nominate themselves. 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.

Previous winners

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