Global Awards

Categories and entry

Next year's awards are open for entries on 6 March 2020

The IChemE Global Awards celebrate chemical, process and biochemical engineering excellence and are widely recognised as the world's most prestigious chemical engineering awards. 

Thank you to everyone who entered this year's awards and congratulations to all our winners and highly commended! 

Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering 2019

Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering 2019

The outstanding entry from the IChemE Global Awards across all categories, will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering Award 2019.

Biotechnology Award

Biotechnology Award

Recognises achievement, innovation and discoveries in the fields of biochemical, bioprocessing, bioengineering, bioenergy, biocatalysis, bioreactor and nanotechnology. Entries should demonstrate existing or potential industrial application, especially in the healthcare, food, agriculture, energy, water and chemical sectors.

Business Start-Up Award

Business Start-Up Award

Recognises the top organisation, within or serving the chemical, biochemical and process industries, to be formed in the last five years. Entries should demonstrate contribution to advancing the chemical, biochemical or process industries and evidence of successful business performance and financial viability.

Diversity and Inclusion Award

Diversity and Inclusion Award

Recognises the organisation or group that best demonstrates a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion* within its workforce, sector or business practises. Diversity means respecting and valuing all forms of difference in individuals. Inclusion is about positively acknowledging this diversity and taking deliberate action to create environments where everyone feels respected and able to achieve their full potential.

Energy Award

Energy Award

Recognises the best project or process to demonstrate innovation in renewable, alternative or nuclear energy, efficient energy use or the development of energy production methods that reduce energy intensity.

Food and Drink Award

Food and Drink Award

Recognises the best project, process or product that demonstrates innovation to optimise manufacturing operations and contribute to the manufacturing of safe, sustainable food or drink.

Industry Project Award

Industry Project Award

Recognises the best chemical or biochemical engineering project to be implemented in industry after 1 July 2016. Entries may relate to construction of new industrial plant or to the enhancement of existing facilities.

Innovative Product Award

Innovative Product Award

Recognises the best product originating from the process industries to be manufactured commercially after July 2016. The product should demonstrate innovation, and a social, commercial, safety and/or environmental benefit.

Oil and Gas Award sponsored

Oil and Gas Award sponsored

Recognises the best project or process to demonstrate engineering excellence in the oil and gas sector, efficient energy use and the development of energy production methods that reduce energy intensity.

Pharma Award

Pharma Award

Recognises the best project, process or technology demonstrating chemical engineering excellence in the Pharmaceutical sector. The scope covers all development phases (research to supply), types of processes and designs (API, biopharm, sterile manufacture, clean services, SIP/CIP, OSD, biological and high potency containment), and products (from dose forms to medical devices). Entries should demonstrate both innovation in meeting patient need at affordable cost, and compliance with all relevant requirements of GMP.

Process Safety Award

Process Safety Award

Recognises an organisation that has an exemplary record in implementing process safety best practice and improvements to reduce major hazards and risks. Entries may include a structured programme – such as HAZOP, PHR, PSM – or technology to minimise risk in operating practices and human factors.

Research Project Award

Research Project Award

Recognises the project or process that best demonstrates a novel chemical or biochemical engineering solution to improve resource efficiency, lifetime value and/or process automation. Entries should demonstrate potential or actual application within the chemical or biochemical engineering sector and are welcomed from industry, academia and collaborative working groups.

Sustainability Award

Sustainability Award

Recognises the project, process or product that best demonstrates innovation in waste reduction, recycling, reuse or the lengthening of product lifecycles.

Team Award

Team Award

Recognises the best team responsible for implementing and/or developing initiatives, products, projects, processes or services. Teams, of five or more people, can be multi-disciplinary and include colleagues from different professions, functions and organisations.

Training and Development Award

Training and Development Award

Recognises the team or organisation that best demonstrates excellence in training, development of staff or education of a wider community. Entries should demonstrate how a skills/knowledge gap has been addressed, how a training programme has had a positive impact on business performance and/or how public perception of chemical engineering has been improved.

Young Industrialist Award

Young Industrialist Award

Recognises the individual who best demonstrates their achievements and tangible application of chemical, biochemical or process engineering skills to address important economic, environmental or social issues. All entrants must have been born on or after 1 January 1989.

Young Researcher Award

Young Researcher Award

Recognises the individual who best demonstrates the impact of their research in helping to address important economic, environmental or social issues. All entrants must have been born on or after 1 January 1989.

Water Award

Water Award

Recognises the best project or process to demonstrate engineering excellence in water use, clean-up and re-use, with a particular emphasis on reducing environmental impact while preserving commercial viability.