How to Enter the R&D 100 Awards

The entry submission period for the 2017 R&D 100 Awards has closed. Entries for the 2018 Awards will open in September 2017.

Does my product qualify?
Any new technical product or process that was first available for purchase or licensing between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, is eligible for entry in the 2017 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. 

Award Categories 
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 Awards
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.

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 the past year?

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.

Green Tech 
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 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.

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 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 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.


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