How to Enter

Entries for the 2016 R&D 100 Awards are now being accepted.
The deadline for entries is May 20, 2016.

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Early Bird Review Period
Entries submitted before January 18, 2016, are eligible for early review by R&D Magazine editors upon request. The editors will provide recommendations to improve the entry by January 18, 2016. Revised entries must be submitted by May 20, 2016.

Does my product qualify?

Any new technical product or process that was first available for purchase or licensing between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016, is eligible the 2016 awards.
Proof-of-concept prototypes do not qualify; the submitted entry must be in working, marketable condition.
If the product requires regulatory approval, such as a drug or medical device, it must have completed all trials and received approval for marketing by a governing regulatory authority such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or international counterparts.
In some cases, existing technologies are purchased by third parties who then conduct the sales efforts. Marketing efforts do not qualify. If the original developer is included in the entry, the candidate product is considered valid by the editors.

How many entries can I submit?

An organization may enter as many new products as it wishes. Each will be judged on its own merits. However, the volume of entries won't necessarily guarantee the company will win. Target entries carefully. Use a "rifle" approach, not a "shotgun" approach. 


Choose the Categories in Which Your Product will Compete

Entries for the R&D 100 Awards must be entered under at least one of five general product categories and/or four new Special Recognition Awards:

Mechanical Devices/Materials
• Mechanical Systems (pumps, gears, transmissions, robotics, structural components, air-handling systems, thermal devices, heating and cooling systems, etc.)
• Chemical & Gases (chemicals, reagents, powders, rare gases, etc.)
• Materials (metals, alloys, polymers, plastics, paints, ceramics, composites, adhesives
• Thin Film & Vacuum (deposition systems, vacuum pumps/chambers, vacuum valves, lithography, semiconductor processing, etc.)
• Energy Systems/Components (PV, fuel cells, nuclear, IC engines, hybrid systems, energy modeling software, etc.)
• Environmental Systems/Instruments (pH meters, filtering systems, precipitators, carbon capture, mercury capture, etc.)
• Electrical Devices (motors, switches, lighting systems, etc.)
• Information Technologies (computers, cell phones, printers, storage systems, supercomputers, computer hardware, operating systems, cloud computing, big data, data mining, data security, etc.)
• Communication Systems/Devices (wireless, broadband, networking systems, routers, wearables, lidar/radar, space communications, etc.)
• Safety & Security (sensing, detecting, monitoring, alarm systems, access point/portals, isolation systems, barriers, etc.)
• Beam Instrumentation (x-ray, neutron, proton, gamma ray, etc.)
• Lasers & Photonics (CO2 lasers, solid-state lasers, LEDs, synchrotron items, etc.)
• Analytical Instrumentation (chromatography, spectroscopy, analyzers, etc.)
• Electronic Instrumentation (oscilloscopes, VOMs, spectrum analyzers, digital multimeters, probes, etc.)
• Imaging Systems/Devices (microscopes, cameras, telescopes, binoculars, optics, etc.)
• Testing Systems (hardness, materials, tensile, physical, etc.)
• Laboratory Equipment (fume hoods, cabinets, casework, lab animals, lab automation, balances/scales, centrifuges, tubing/valves, mixers, etc.)
• Life Sciences (biopharmaceuticals, DNA/RNA systems, food & beverage, genomics, proteomics, GMO, medical devices, medicine, medical implants, etc.)
• Process Systems (mixing, formulating, distilling, baking, coating, etc.)
• Additive Manufacturing (3-D printing, rapid prototyping)
• Supply Chain (management, operations, etc.)
• Process Improvement (design, production, distribution strategies)
• Software (reporting, simulation, visualization, process and analysis, and chemistry)
• Safety & Security (sensing, detecting, monitoring, alarm systems, access point/portals, isolation systems, barriers, etc.)
• Military/Aerospace/Law Enforcement Devices (forensic tools, weapons, drones, de-icing solutions, flight simulators, air traffic control tech, etc.)
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Market Disruptor - Services
This award is designed to highlight any service from any category as one that forever changed the R&D industry or a particular vertical within the industry. No matter what the specific service is, the focus should be on industry impact.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Market Disruptor - Products
This award is designed to highlight any product from any category as one that has changed the game in any industry. No matter what the specific product is, the focus should be on industry impact. Was your product a game changer in 2014?
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Corporate Social Responsibility
This award honors organizational efforts to be a greater corporate member of society, from a local to global level. Good works criteria may include, but isn't limited to, efforts to curb carbon footprint reduction, efforts in third-world countries, better prosthetics for wounded soldiers, LEED green building certification, local fundraising efforts, scholarship programs and involvement and/or contributions to the STEM community.
From an engineering and societal perspective, efficiency and environmental factors play an increasingly important role in the world today. R&D Magazine wants to recognize those innovations that help make our environment greener and our goal towards energy reduction closer.

The Entry Process

The entry process requires three steps. Complete instructions are provided on the 2016 R&D 100 AWARDS ENTRY SITE.  Access the online submission form.
Step 1: Prepare the entry form.
Entrants must complete the official application form and provide documented evidence of the science, materials, and mechanics supporting the technology they choose to enter. The entry form guides participants through the application process.
Each R&D 100 Entry will need to complete the following fields on the official online R&D 100 Entry form.  The information you will need to supply appears below. Some fields are optional, but it is recommended that you include as much information as possible to boost your chances of winning an R&D 100 Award.
Name of the submitting organization(s) 
Product/service brand name 
Short description of the product
Please indicate the type of institution you represent  
Submitter's relation to entered product/service
If your submission is subject to regulatory approval, has this product been approved?
Photo(s) of the Product (at least one photo required, hi-res image preferred)
Product Video (optional)
Price of product/service in U.S. dollars
What does the product or technology do?
How does the product operate?
Supply a matrix or table showing how the key features of your product compares to existing products or technologies
Describe how your product / service improves upon competitive products or technologies
Describe the limitations of your product/service
Support letters (optional)
Additional supporting documents (optional)
Principal investigator(s) from each of the submitting organizations
Media and public relations person who will interact with R&D’s editors regarding entry material
Person who will handle R&D 100 Awards banquet arrangements
Answer all questions in a direct, objective manner. Avoid promotional jargon and marketing hype. Learn tips to improve your entry.
Step 2:  Register and pay the entry fee.
Entrants must register their entry and pay a non-refundable $450 fee for each entry submitted. Use this link to access the 2016 R&D 100 Award Registration and Payment System.
Step 3: Upload the entry form and supporting materials.
Supporting information—scientific papers, images, videos, testimonials, etc.—is encouraged to complement the entry form. All materials must be uploaded via the submission form by the deadline date. Complete details are provided during the registration and payment step.
The deadline for submissions for the 2016 R&D 100 Awards has been extended to May 20, 2016.

The Judging Process

All entries are judged by outside experts chosen from professional consultants, university faculty, and industrial researchers with expertise and experience in the areas they are judging. They must also be unbiased and have no conflicts of interest with any entries they are judging. Read more about the judging process.


Tips and Advice for Improving Your Submissions

The entry process has a number of steps and documents to submit. Here are some tips and advice to assist with completing the entry form, preparing the submission, and uploading files.


Submission Period is Closed

We'll be announcing the finalists later this summer

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