IChemE Global Awards 2015

Entry tips

Awards Entry TipsEntry tips and guidance

The IChemE Awards is a competition so it is important you submit a high quality entry to be shortlisted and have a chance of winning.

This guidance applies to the following categories:

  • Chemical Engineering Industry Project of the Year Award 2015
  • Research Project of the Year Award 2015
  • Education and Training Award 2015
  • Energy Award 2015
  • Oil and Gas Award 2015
  • Best Business Start-Up Award 2015
  • Dhirubhai Ambani Award for Outstanding Chemical Engineering Innovation for Resource-Poor People 2015
  • Process Safety Award 2015
  • Innovative Product of the Year Award 2015
  • Sustainable Technology Award 2015
  • Food and Drink Award 2015
  • Water Management and Supply Award 2015
  • Palm Oil Industry Award 2015 


Never too small, or too big

If you think your organisation is too big or too small to win an IChemE Award, then think again. Many of the past winners have been multinational organisations, but in recent years it has been the smaller organisations and teams that have collected some of the major awards such as Synergen Met in 2014.

You can find a list of past winners here.

What projects have been shortlisted in the past?

The first challenge is to get shortlisted for an IChemE Award and it is always useful to look at some recent entries. The main thing to note is that the chemical and process industries are diverse and this is reflected in the hundreds of different types of entries received each year.

Useful links:

tce magazine - awards supplement 2014
IChemE Global Awards 2014 - shortlists
IChemE Singapore Awards 2014 - winners
IChemE Malaysia Awards 2014 - winners
IChemE Global Awards 2013 - shortlists
IChemE Singapore Awards 2014 - shortlists
IChemE Malaysia Awards 2013 - shortlists

What are the Judges looking for?

All of our judges use score-sheets and in most of the categories the Judges are looking for evidence in six areas:

  • Originality
  • Innovation
  • Evidence of potential or achieved technical and/or business success
  • Impact on environment
  • Impact on stakeholders
  • Wider application


We recommend you draw attention to these aspects clearly in your application.

Technical versus plain English

Our judges are specialists in their fields and will understand the science underpinning your entry. Include as much technical information as you think appropriate, but remember to stay within the word limits.

Some sections of the entry form require you to use plain English. This is to help non-chemical engineers and specialists in different fields understand your achievements.

Quality rather than quantity

IChemE applies strict word limits to all entries for three reasons:

  • To make it easier and less onerous to apply
  • To ensure fairness by making all entries apply consistent rules
  • Help the judges assess hundreds of applications equally


The total limit is 1,850 words across six sections. Many successful entries don’t reach this limit, so consider the quality of your written submission, rather than quantity.

If you consider it necessary to provide more information please use links to your project, supporting drawings, references or other documents.

Maintaining confidentiality

In some instances your entry may include confidential and commercially sensitive information. Our judges abide by non-disclosure agreements to retain confidentiality. We also recommend you clearly state in your entry what information cannot be used publicly, without your consent, when promoting your submission before and during the Awards.

Prepare you answers in advance

In addition to your contact details, you will be asked to complete just six sections for your entry. Below are the main questions included in this year’s application form:

1. Outline the objectives/aims of your entry (maximum 250 words)

2. Outline how your entry was implemented, with a particular focus on the innovation within your work (maximum 500 words)

3. Outline how your entry has or will deliver technical, commercial, safety and/or environmental success (maximum 500 words)

4. Describe the main challenges faced and how they were resolved (maximum 250 words)

5. Explain why your entry deserves an IChemE Award, including benefits (maximum 250 words)

6. Write a plain English summary of your entry for tce magazine and Awards Show Guide (maximum 100 words)

Additional information

Your entry should be accompanied with your official corporate logo. This will be used if your entry is shortlisted (online, printed materials and at the Awards ceremonies). In addition at least one image should be sent to illustrate your entry.

Do's and Don'ts

Do check your entry for spelling and grammar
Don’t repeat information
Do make sure you receive confirmation of your entry
Don’t exceed the word limits
Do include your logo and an image with your entry
Don’t forget to include details of your partners for joint entries
Do contact us at awards@icheme.org for help
Don’t forget to send your entry on time – by 24:00 on 10 July 2015 GMT

Individual Award categories

Please note the following categories have a different entry form:

  • Young Chemical Engineer in Industry Award 2015
  • Young Chemical Engineer in Research Award 2015
  • Chemical Engineering Industry Leader Award 2015


The form is shorter (1,350 words maximum) and requires entrants to be nominated.

The Chemical Engineering Industry Leader Award,  Young Chemical Engineer in Industry Award and Young Chemical Engineer in Research Award are shortlisted by the Judges and the winner is voted for by eligible IChemE members.

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