Call for Nominations: Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering 2019 (Cash prize of £1 Million)

Call for Nominations: Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering 2019 (Cash prize of £1 Million)

Deadline: May 18, 2018

Nominations are open for the 2019 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. The QEPrize for Engineering is a global £1 million prize that celebrates a ground-breaking innovation in engineering. The prize rewards an individual or team of engineers whose work has had a major impact on humanity.

While doing so, the prize also celebrates engineering as a discipline and career choice, shining light on the excitement and importance of engineering and inspiring young people to get involved in the subject.

The fruits of engineering range from nano-scale devices that get medicines to where they are needed in the body to the world’s biggest – and greenest – buildings; from the pinpoint accuracy of surgical robots to the growth and development of the world wide web. From hi-tech fabrics that make the smart clothes of the future to clean, green energy sources that power the world.

The QEPrize celebrates stories of these engineering successes, raising the profile of engineering and inspiring new generations of engineers to take up the challenges of the future.


The winners will be awarded:

  • A total cash prize of £1 million (one million GBP); and
  • Appropriate memorabilia to be decided by the Trustees in their sole discretion. In the event that the Prize is received by more than one individual (but not more than five individuals, as above) collaborating under a single nomination, the Prize money will be shared between the winners as determined by the Trustees in their sole discretion on the advice of the Judging Panel.


  • The prize is open to any living individual (or not more than five living individuals working as a team);
  • Of any nationality;
  • Who is personally responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering which has been of global benefit to humanity. Self-nomination is not permitted.
  • The Trustees reserve the right to reject any nomination where, in their reasonable opinion, there is or is likely to be a conflict of interest between the nominees, nominators or any referees and any other nomination or the Prize more generally.

Judging Criteria

The judges will use these criteria to select the winner, or winners, of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering:

  • What is it that this person has done (or up to five people have done) that is a ground-breaking innovation in engineering?
  • In what way has this innovation been of global benefit to humanity?
  • Is there anyone else who might claim to have had a pivotal role in this development?


There are two ways to enter to be considered for the Prize:

  • Suggestion: if you have limited information on individual innovators but would like to suggest people and/or innovations, then these will be collated and considered in the judging process.
  • Nomination: If you can provide more detailed information on the nominee including suitable referees, use the nomination form.

It is preferable that nominators use the online Nomination Form, however if you do not have internet access, you can request a Nomination Form from the QEPrize team at this address: QEPrize Nominations, Prince Philip House 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG.

For more information, visit Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.