2016 Submissions are Now Open!

2016 R&D 100 Awards Entries Now Open!

Take the first step toward a prestigious R&D 100 Award by submitting your new product or service!

R&D 100 Flashback: Giving Your Engine a Boost

Maxwell Technologies Engine Start Module (ESM) won an R&D 100 Award in 2012.

R&D 100 Award Flashback Series

Abbott’s Absorb: A Bioresorbable Arterial Scaffold

This edition of the R&D 100 Flashback features Abbott’s Absorb, which won the R&D 100 Award in 2013.

Adelphi Technology Inc.’s High Output Neutron Generator DD-100 Series

The R&D 100 Flashback Series: Adelphi Technology Inc.’s High Output Neutron Generator DD-100 Series

The R&D 100 Flashback Series features past winners chosen from our R&D 100 Award archives. This Flashback features Adelphi Technology Inc.’s High Output Neutron Generator DD-100 Series.

2016 R&D 100 Awards Submissions Now Open!

Submit your latest product today and capture the prestige and momentum created by winning an R&D 100 Award!

Now in its 54th year of honoring the very best in technology innovation, the R&D 100 Awards are your opportunity to:

  • take your place among the leaders in innovation on a global stage
  • honor your team for developing one of the most noteworthy and significant new products/services of the past 12 months
  • gain a significant marketing boost from the award recognized as the "Oscars of Invention"
  • maximize the investment of time and resources you have made to develop and launch your product
  • be part of a program that has honored many of the leading minds in invention, including Dean Kamen, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Buzz Aldrin, astronaut Scott J. Kelly, Kary Mullis, and Hugh Herr

Click "Begin My 2016 Submission" and go to our easy-to-use entry portal and tell us about your latest and greatest new technology or service. Be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity to allow your innovations to shine among the elite technology that typifies an R&D 100 winner.

And mark your calendar to join us for the
2016 R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference:
November 3-4, 2016
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Oxon Hill, Maryland (Washington, DC)


Congratulations to the 2015 R&D 100 Awards Winners!


Product Developer
3D Cell Exploreer Nanolive SA
Agilent 5100 ICP-OES Agilent Technologies
Antero/Shavano Neutron Spectrometer U2D Inc, Semiconductor Materials and Radiological Technologies (SMART) Laboratory, University of Missouri Kansas City, University of Missouri Columbia, Office of Naval Research and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Continuous Active-Source Seismic Monitoring (CASSM) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
EVARREST® Fibrin Sealant Patch Ethicon
ionKey/MS System Waters Corporation
Local Electrode Atom Probe Microscope - LEAP 5000 Product Line CAMECA Instruments Inc.
M908 908 Devices
Mitra Microsampling Device Neoteryx
Nexera UC Unified Chromatography System Shimadzu
Novum Simplified Liquid Extraction (SLE) Phenomenex
Pressurized magic angle spinning technology for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Progency ResQ Rigaku Raman Technologies
QCL Laboratory Series QCL Driver Wavelength Electronics Inc.
Simplicon™ RNA Reprogramming Technology EMD Millipore Corporation
Single-cell pipette (SCP) Houston Methodist Research Institute
SL 1000 Portable Parallel Analyzer Hach Company
SPIN (Subambient pressure ionization with nanoelectrospray) Source

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Ardara Technologies LP

SpyGlass™ DS Direct Visualization System Boston Scientific Corporation
Thermo Scientific™ Gemini™ analyzer Thermo Fisher Scientific
VGA-100 VUV Analytics and The Market Element




Product Developer
6.5kV Enhancement-Model Silicon Carbide JFET Switch United Silicon Carbide Inc, Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Energy Storage Program
aFCL Brookhaven National Laboratory
Binary Pseudo-Random Calibration Tool Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Abeam Technologies Inc.
ChIMES: Chemical Identification by Magneto-Elastic Sensing Y-12 National Security Complex
CORE-Direct (Collectives Offload Resource Engine) Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Higher Sensitivity Tactile-film System for Wearable Orthosis (HSTS) Industrial Technology Research Institute
Highly reliable, superior economic switch for HVDC system Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
High-Power Intelligent Laser Diode-System (HILADS) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and LaserTel Inc.
IBIS™ Photoconductive Semiconductor Switch UES Inc.
IC ID Sandia National Laboratories
LED Pulser Sandia National Laboratories
MilPak™ Ascent Solar Technologies Inc.
MINI Z® Handheld Z Backscatter® Screening System American Science and Engineering Inc.
Model DD110M Hybrid Neutron Generator Adelphi Technology Inc.
PCOLED (Plasmon-coupled Organic Light-Emitting Diode) Industrial Technology Research Institute
Polymide Aerogel-Based Antenna NASA Glenn Research Center
Qualcomm® WiPower™ Qualcomm Technologies Inc.
RANGER: Localization System Using a Ground-Facing Camera Southwest Research Institute
Ryft ONE Ryft
SpeechVive SpeechVive Inc.
Swept Distributed Sensing System Insight Photonic Solutions Inc.
TE 25G Active Optics Featuring Coolbit Optical Engines TE Connectivity
TrueNorth: IBM Neurosynaptic System IBM
Truly Radiation-Hardened Fiber Light Sources National Applied Research Laboratories
Uneo Stylus Sensor Uneo Inc.




Product Developer
3-D Polymer Matrix Composite Fiber Materials Inc.
ACRYSOL™ Rheology Modifiers Dow Coating Materials
Argonne's Versatile Hard Carbon Microspheres Made from Plastic Waste Argonne National Laboratory and Purdue University
CO2 Memzyme Sandia National Laboratories and Univ. of New Mexico
Cyanobacterial bioethylene National Renewable Energy Laboratory
DOW ENDURANCE™ HFDC 4202 Dow Performance Plastics
Energy transmitting and storing cables University of Central Florida
Extended Pressure Inductive Coupled Plasma-synthesized Boron Nitride Nanotubes (EPIC BNNTs) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Fluid-Driven Emergency Lighting Industrial Technology Research Institute
Ford F150 aluminum intensive vehicle and BETAMATE™ 6160 structural adhesive joining technology The Dow Chemical Company and Ford Motor Company
Greyrock 300 dGTL Greyrock Energy
HARMONIC ACE® +7 Shears with Advanced Hemostasis Ethicon
High-capacity anode for rechargeable batteries Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Zeptor Corporation
Hyperform® HPN 210M Milliken & Company
Light weight free of particle generation metal composite automotive brakes MER Corporation
Milliguard™ AOX-1 Milliken & Company
Multifunctional Superhydrophobic Transparent Glass Coating Oak Ridge National Laboratory and United Protective Technologies
Novel Polyethylene Stand-Up Pouch Dow Performance Plastics
PacXpert™ Packaging Technology Dow Performance Plastics and Smart Bottle
PolyE membrane technology Industrial Technology Research Institute
Porous Graphene Desalination Membrane Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Sensor Integrated with Recombinant and Engineered Nanophage (SIREN) platform Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
SOLDERON™ BP TS 6000 Tin-Silver Chemistry Dow Electronic Materials
Thermal Radical Cure™ Adhesive Dow Corning Corporation and Delphi Automotive
Toyota Fuel Cell System Toyota Motor Corporation




Product Developer
AFS® 40E/80E/120E and 150E Water Purification Systems EMD Millipore Corporation
BAAM-CI (Big Area Additive Manufacturing - Cincinnati Incorporated) Cincinnati Incorporated and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Hydrothermal Processing (HTP) to Convert Wet Biomass into Biofuels Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Genifuel Corporation
KM-CDR Process Southern Company
Large-Area Projection Micro-Stereolithography (LAPµSL) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
NanoFrazor SwissLitho AG
Smarter Cotton® which includes Green Cotton™, DuraGard™, NuGard® and DiamondGard™ Carbtex Technology Inc.
ThermoTrace TTI Time-Temperature Indicator Label DeltaTrak Inc.



Product Developer
BIOVIA Capture BIOVIA Dassault Systemes (previously Accelrys)
Cased Pipeline Corrosion Model (CAPCOM®) Southwest Research Institute
CHAMPION: Columnar Hierarchical Auto-associative Memory Processing in Ontological Networks Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Compendium Valtronic
eSie Valves Siemens Corporation, Corporate Technology and Siemens Corporation, Healthcare Clinical Products, Ultrasound
EYESIM v2.3 Immersive Real-Time Virtual Reality Software for Improving Energy Plant Operations and Safety National Energy Technology Laboratory, Schneider Electric and West Virginia University
GENOA 3D printing Software Alpha STAR Corporation and Oak Ridge National Labortory
Hyperion: Automated Behavior Computation for Compiled Software Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Lightweight Distributed Metric Service (LDMS) v2.2 Sandia National Laboratories
MeshWorks™ California Eastern Laboratories
MSC Apex (Engineering Simulation Software) MSC Software
Muse Invent Certara
Nengo 2.0 Applied Brain Research Inc.
OpenMSI Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Platform for Architecture-Neutral Dynamic Analysis (PANDA) MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Power Model Integrator: A system for more accurate energy forecasts Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Self-Defense Distributed Engagement Coordinator (SDDEC) MIT Lincoln Laboratory
SHMTools: Structural Health Monitoring Software for Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical Infrastructure Los Alamos National Laboratory
V2G-Sim (Vehicle-to-Grid Simulator) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Video Content Summarization Tool (VCST) MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Zero-RK Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


2015 R&D 100 Award Special Recognition Honorees 

Green Tech Special Recognition Award

  • Gold Award:  CO2 Memzyme by Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico
  • Silver Award: Dow UF PURINZE and Its Application in Eco Washing Machine by Dow Water and Process Solution
  • Bronze Award: High Efficient and Reliable Ocean Wave Energy Harvester by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Corporate Social Responsibility Special Recognition Award

  • Gold Award: KM-CDR Process by Southern Company and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • Silver Award: Echo-Screen III Hearing Screener by Natus Medical Inc.

Market Disruptor Services Special Recognition Award

  • Gold Award: ELUTE Fiber by TissueGen Inc.
  • Silver Award: Infrared Nanodestructive Wield Examination System by Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Market Disruptor Product

  • Gold Award: HeliAct Muscles by Lintec and the University of Texas at Dallas
  • Silver Award: Solaris Open Air Fluorescence Imaging System by PerkinElmer
  • Bronze Award: Airyscan by Carl Zeiss Microscopy

R&D Magazine Editor’s Choice

  • Analytical/Test Category Editor’s Choice Award - Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Thermo Scientific Gemni analyzer
  •  IT/Electrical Category Editor’s Choice Award - IBM’s TrueNorth neurosynaptic chip
  • Mechanical/Materials Editor’s Choice Award - National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s cyanobacterial bioethylene
  • Process/Prototyping Editor’s Choice Award - Cincinnati Incorporated and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s BAAM-CI
  • Software/Services Editor’s Choice Award - Applied Brain Research’s Nengo 2.0

2015 R&D 100 Award Finalists are listed here.

2015 Innovation Hall Participants


2016 Awards Submissions Open!

2015 Winners


2015 Photos, Plaques & Logos

R&D 100 Award Videos

Astronaut Scott Kelly, The R&D Magazine 2015 Scientist of the Year
Science and technology industry leaders watched with rapt attention as Astronaut Scott Kelly accepted the R&D Magazine Scientist of the Year Award from his perch in the International Space Station (ISS) above the Earth.

The video acceptance speech riveted the audience as Kelly thanked R&D Magazine for this special award and explained the International Space Station (ISS) Year in Space mission. Watch Scott Kelly's acceptance speech here.

2015 Conference Keynotes

The R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference is pleased to announce Dean Kamen and Thom Mason as keynote speakers for the 2015 conference.

Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and advocate for science and technology. He holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. Dean’s research has led to a number of ground-breaking technology innovations, including the Segway® Human Transporter.


Thom Mason

Thom Mason (B.S. in physics, Dalhousie University; Ph.D. in condensed matter sciences, McMaster University) is director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Thom joined ORNL in 1998 as Scientific Director for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) project. He was named Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for SNS in 2001 and ALD for Neutron Sciences in 2006.