Future of Engineering

Status: Closed
Deadline: 01 May 2017, 00:00

The UK is home to engineering excellence – we want to promote entrepreneurship as a path for top engineering talent and advance them along it.

There is still a large gap to bridge – many of the best engineers don’t yet know how to connect their skills to enterprise, industry and markets. Britain still has a large aspirational problem to address – we’re still behind Silicon Valley when it comes to the career aspirations of the brightest engineers.

We want to celebrate engineering excellence in the UK whilst closing the skills and mindset gap required to turn engineers with high-potential into future tech leaders.


The engineering leadership prize is designed for students and early career engineers who are thinking about practical applications of their work, but might not have all the skills needed to bring their ideas to fruition. With a focus on emerging talent, we’re looking primarily for student engineers, PhD candidates, and junior engineers working in industry.

This is designed for individuals at the concept stage – you have ambition and exciting idea, but have not put it into action yet and don’t know where to start.

One week later all applicants will be invited to present their idea at a pitching competition, the winner and runner up of which will receive £10,000 and £5,000 respectively.

The winners will also receive mentorship and a ‘stamp of approval’ endorsement should they choose to apply to the Enterprise Hub or Entrepreneur First.

Eligibility criteria

We will select individuals who display the greatest potential to become the next generation of leaders in innovation. 

Applicants must:

  • Be within the 18 – 26 age bracket on 31 December 2016
  • Have either an engineering background, currently studying engineering or have a demonstrable interest in engineering
  • Be available to attend the training workshop in late April / May 2017
  • Be available to attend the competition final in late April / May 2017
  • Be eligible to work in the UK

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via the online system, available here: https://grants.raeng.org.uk. If you have not already done so, all Applicants must first register with the system and provide some basic log-in details to create a profile.

Assessment criteria:

The applications will be assessed by Entrepreneur First and the Enterprise Hub.

At the application stage the qualities we are looking for are:

  • Organisation
  • Responsibility
  • Resourcefulness
  • Expression of opinion
  • Drive and motivation

At the final event we will choose three winners based on the following additional qualities:

  • Transformational leadership
  • Growth mindset
  • Ambition
  • Personal impact

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the assessment by the end of April 2017.


All applications must apply through our online application system. Please note: applicants must first register with the system and provide basic details to create a profile.


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