IChemE Global Awards 2016

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 make the final stages and have a chance of winning.

In March's issue of The Chemical Engineer, chair of Judges Nigel Hirst will be sharing his thoughts on 'what makes a good IChemE Award entry'.

This guidance below will also help you prepare an excellent entry for the the following categories:

  • Chemical Engineering Industry Project of the Year Award 2016
  • Research Project of the Year Award 2016
  • Training and Development Award 2016
  • Energy Award 2016
  • Oil and Gas Award 2016
  • Best Business Start-Up Award 2016
  • Dhirubhai Ambani Award for Outstanding Chemical Engineering Innovation for Resource-Poor People 2016
  • Process Safety Award 2016
  • Innovative Product of the Year Award 2016
  • Sustainable Technology Award 2016
  • Food and Drink Award 2016
  • Water Award 2016
  • Palm Oil Industry Award 2016
  • Team of the Year 2016
  • Biotechnology Award 2016

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, departments and teams that have collected some of the major awards such as Synergen Met in 2014.

View the list of past winners

What projects have made the finals in the past?

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

Useful links:

Before you enter

  • Ensure you have permission from your organisation and partners to submit your entry
  • Ensure all organisations involved in your project are included in your entry
  • Ensure your entry is not confidential and can be promoted publicly
  • Check and do not exceed the word and supplementary information limits
  • Do not enter more than two categories 
  • Do not enter as an individual. The categories above are intended for projects, organisations, partnerships, teams and similar collaborations.

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.

There's also an article by chair of judges, Nigel Hirst, called 'What makes a good IChemE Award entry?' in the March 2016 issue of The Chemical Engineer.

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 Awards Show Guide (maximum 100 words)

Additional and supplementary information

Your entry should be accompanied with your official corporate logo. This will be used if your entry makes the final stages (online, printed materials and at the Awards ceremonies).

We recommend your entry includes a good quality picture, drawing or well-labelled graphic to illustrate your project, product, team or activity.

You may submit one optional supplementary sheet of information not exceeding 400 words. The judges may disregard information exceeding this amount.

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 (closed)

Individual Award categories

Please note the following categories have a different entry form:

  • Young Chemical Engineer in Industry Award 2016
  • Young Chemical Engineer in Research Award 2016


The form is shorter (1,350 words maximum) and requires entrants to be nominated. You cannot nominate yourself.

Attach a CV with your entry. The CV should not exceed three pages / 1,000 words. The judges may disregard information exceeding this amount. 

Awards voteThe winners of the Young Chemical Engineer in Industry and Young Chemical Engineer in Research Awards are determined by the Judges (50% of marks) and online voting by eligible IChemE Members (50% of marks).

Online voting is open from 00:01 (BST) on 25 October to 24:00 (GMT) on 30 October 2016. Voting information will be issued to eligible IChemE Members on 24 October 2016. The Judges reserve the right to amend the dates and selection process. 


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