How to Enter

Entries for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards are now being accepted.
The deadline for entries is April 20, 2015.

Tips and advice to improve your entry:


Early Bird Review Period
Entries submitted before January 16, 2015, are eligible for early review by R&D Magazine editors upon request. The editors will provide recommendations to improve the entry by January 16, 2015. Revised entries must be submitted by April 20, 2015.

Does my product qualify?

Any new technical product or process that was first available for purchase or licensing between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, is eligible the 2015 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. 

The Entry Process

The entry process requires three steps. Complete instructions are provided in the 2014 R&D 100 AWARDS ENTRY FORM AND INSTRUCTIONS.  Download the form here.
Step 1: Prepare the entry form.
Entrants must complete an 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.
Answer all questions in a direct, objective manner. Avoid promotional jargon and marketing hype. Learn tips to improve your entry.
A typical entry runs 10 to 20 pages long, and may require a few days to complete thoroughly.
Step 2:  Register and pay the entry fee.
Entrants must register their entry and pay a non-refundable $395 fee for each entry submitted. Use this link to access the
2015 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 to the R&D 100 Awards FTP server by the deadline date. Complete details are provided during the registration and payment step.
The deadline for submissions for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards is April 20, 2015.

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.

Need Help?

The entry process can be complicated. Here are some tips and advice to assist with completing the entry form, preparing the submission, and uploading files.