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.
This guidance below will also help you prepare an excellent entry for the following categories:
- Biotechnology Award
- Business Start-Up Award
- Energy Award
- Food and Drink Award
- Industry Project Award
- Innovative Product Award
- Oil and Gas Award
- Process Safety Award
- Resource-Poor People Award
- Research Project Award
- Sustainability Award
- Team Award
- Training and Development Award
- Young Industrialist Award
- Young Researcher Award
- Water Award
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
Projects that 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.
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.
All of our judges use score-sheets and in most of the categories the Judges are looking for evidence in five areas:
- Engineering Excellence
- Evidence of Application
- Process Safety
- Societal Benefit
- Sustainability / Environmental Impact
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 five 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.
The judges will use their own discretion in deciding whether to use these supporting materials.
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:
- Outline the objectives/aims of your entry (maximum 250 words)
- Outline how your entry was implemented, with a particular focus on the engineering excellence within your work (maximum 500 words)
- Outline how your entry has or will deliver technical, commercial, safety and/or environmental success to a wider society (maximum 500 words)
- Outline the steps taken to ensure appropriate focus on sustainability and environmental protection/ benefits as part of your work (maximum 250 words)
- Explain why your entry deserves an IChemE Award, including benefits (maximum 250 words)
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for help
- Don’t forget to send your entry on time
Individual Award categories
Please note the following categories have a different entry form:
- Young Industrialist Award 2017
- Young Researcher Award 2017
The winners of the Young Industrialist and Young Researcher Awards are determined by the Judges (50% of marks) and online voting by eligible IChemE Members (50% of marks).
Online voting takes place in October.