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A full list of the Institute's awards and their brief terms of reference are given here. For details of awards grouped by discipline; materials (non-specific); ceramics; composites; polymers; metals; minerals and mining; unrestricted.

Medals and Prizes for Personal Achievement

Bessemer Gold Medal

For outstanding services to the steel industry.
To the inventor or designer of any significant innovation in the processes employed in the manufacture of steel, or for innovation in the use of steel in the manufacturing industry or the economy generally. For published work embodying the results of original research on the production of steel or the application to steel, results which have significant potential for economic benefit. For contribution to the development of the steel industry and its importance to the economy nationally and internationally.
It is expected that the recipient will prepare and deliver the Bessemer Lecture.

Sir Andrew Bryan Award

For sustained and outstanding contributions to the Institute and its activities.

Chapman Medal

Presented annually for distinguished research in the field of biomedical materials, particularly with respect to biomaterials innovation, which has produced benefits for patients and/or contributed to associated opportunities for industry. Nominations will be made in particular by the Biomedical Applications Division but any individual can also make nominations by the standard procedure.

Colclough (Tom Colclough) Medal and Prize

In recognition of learned contribution to understanding microstructure, mechanical properties, fabricability or in-service performance, production or engineering connected with the iron and steel industry.
Prize value £300.

The Colin Humphreys’ Education Awards

In recognition of the contribution made to enhancing students’ scientific or technological literacy through the teaching or support of materials, minerals or mining topics within 11-19 learning, in either the secondary or further education sector. Nominations are open to members and non-members, and require a statement of achievements.

Colwyn Medal

To an individual for outstanding services to the rubber industry of a scientific, technical or engineering character.
Given alternate (odd) years with Hancock.

Dowding Medal and Prize

In recognition of a major contribution to the invention, development or design of metallurgical plant, particularly rolling and finishing, leading to improved economy, yield or quality in metal production.
Prize value £300.

Medal for Excellence

For conspicuous contribution, either during the year or cumulatively over a number of years, to the art, science and practise of the mining industry. The recipient may be an individual or organisation.

Frank Fitzgerald Medal and Travel Award

To be awarded to a Member (under 35 years old) of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining who is active in the field of iron and steel and who has demonstrated excellence in, and commitment to, continuing professional development in the form of depth and/or breadth of technical knowledge or in a personal contribution to promoting the profession.
The prize will be a medal and a travel scholarship.

Futers Gold Medal

For outstanding services to the international minerals industry. Open to Institute members and non-members.

Gold Medal

A premier award awarded to a company, team or individual who has made a significant contribution to the industrial application of materials.

Griffith (A A Griffith) Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished work which has made or is making a notable contribution to any branch of materials science.
Prize value £300.

Grunfeld (Dr Paul Grunfeld) Memorial Award and Medal

In recognition of professional contribution which has had significant influence on the engineering application of components made from any alloys in the metallurgical industries. This prize is for people in early to mid-career.
Given alternate (odd) years with Stokowiec. Award value £750 to further the recipient's career.

Hadfield (Sir Robert Hadfield) Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished achievement in relation to metallurgical practice, process development, product development, metallurgical understanding or design engineering connected with iron and steel or associated industries.
Prize value £300.

Hancock Medal

To an individual for outstanding service to the rubber industry where such services have benefited either the nation, government authorities or industry. Open only to members of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Given alternate (even) years with Colwyn.

Holland (Roy T Holland) Award

In recognition of meritorious service in manufacture and technology within the traditional ceramics industry.
Prize value £300 plus ceramic medal.

Holliday (Leslie Holliday) Prize

In recognition of significant or technological contribution relating to any type of composite material.
Prize value £300.

Hume-Rothery Prize

In recognition of distinguished achievements concerned with phase relationships in metallic materials or non-metallic materials of metallurgical interest.
Prize value £300.

Jenkins (Ivor Jenkins) Medal

In recognition of significant contribution which has enhanced the scientific, industrial or technological understanding of materials processing or component production using particulate materials. Significant contribution in management in the particulate engineering field will also be recognised by this award.


Kroll Medal and Prize

In recognition of significant contribution which has enhanced the scientific understanding of materials chemistry as applied to the industrial production of materials, normally inorganic.
Prize value £300.

T B Marsden Professional Award

In recognition of services to the profession (not necessarily technical excellence) over a period of not less than 20 years by a member who has not been recognised by the Institute in other ways.
Prize value £500 and gift.

Overseas Award

For a member resident overseas, for the best paper presented at an Institute symposium, or published in a mining journal, or for notable contribution to development of the Institute overseas. The recipient will receive a medal and certificate.

Platinum Medal

A premier award in recognition of outstanding service to the Institute and to its objectives, or for other outstanding contributions to materials science, technology and industry, nationally or internationally.

Prince Philip Award

For polymers in the service of mankind. Awarded not more than once every two years, not less than once every five years. Instituted to commemorate the presentation of the first Honorary Fellowship of the PRI to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh on 22 May 1973. International, open to members and non-members, individuals, companies, partnerships, associations, societies and academic institutions. Names and addresses of two independent referees required.
Last awarded 2006.

Rosenhain Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished achievement in any branch of materials science, preference being given to candidates under the age of 40.
Prize value £300.

Rowbotham Medal

An annual award to recognise an outstanding contribution from a young person or team of young people to the development or innovative use of materials for automotive applications.

Silver Medal

A premier award awarded annually to a Younger Member (normally under the age of 30) in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the broad field of materials science, engineering and technology, including promotion of their subject on a national or international basis.

Applicants for this award will need to provide a detailed CV, a concise statement of the achievements on which their proposal is based and the names of the two referees (permission required) who may be consulted during the evaluation process.

Stokowiec Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished work related to the technical, manufacturing, processing or engineering application of alloy steels.
Given alternate (even) years with Grunfeld. Prize value £300.

Swinburne Award

To recognise the achievement of a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and knowledge of any field related to the science, engineering or technology of plastics. It is a requirement of acceptance that the recipient shall prepare and deliver the Swinburne Lecture on an occasion selected by the Institute.
Award consists of a gold medal and £250 honorarium. Awarded alternate (even) years.

Thomas (Sidney Gilchrist Thomas) Medal and Prize

In recognition of scientific or technological contribution to the production or secondary processing of any ferrous alloy.
Prize value £200.

Thornton Medal (incorporating the Clerk Maxwell Award)

To a speaker invited to present at either an Institute conference or another specially convened meeting.

Verulam Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished contributions to ceramics including refractories.
Prize value £300.

Awards for Published Work

Awards for published work span the whole field of materials production, processing, structure, properties and applications and their inter-relationships. They cover scientific and technological aspects of the spectrum of material types including biomaterials and electronic materials. The awards are made for publications of particular merit, in the form of papers, or groups of papers, published by the Institute in journals within a two-year period preceding the year of the awards.

A particular emphasis of the awards is to recognise and encourage the achievements of scientists and technologists in the early stages of their careers in industry or in university or research organisations. However, publications by more senior workers are also eligible for consideration.

There is a standard prize of £350 per award (where there is more than one author for a prize-winning paper, the prize money will be divided between the authors).

Alan Glanvill Award

For published work of particular merit in the field of polymers.

Billiton Gold Medal

For the best paper published in Transactions C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy. Based on recommendations received from the Transactions editorial boards. Medal to lead author and certificate to each author.

Composite Award

For published work of particular merit in the field of composites.

Cook/Ablett Award

For published work of particular merit in the field of metals.

Douglas Hay Medal

For the best paper published in Transactions A: Mineral Technology. Based on recommendations received from the Transactions editorial boards. Medal to lead author and certificate to each author.

Guy Bengough Award

For a paper published by the Institute which makes an outstanding contribution to the subject of corrosion and degradation of all types of materials and their control.

James S Walker Award

For a published paper or an unpublished project report by a student on the subject of polymers. Project reports should be submitted prior to submission.

Mann Redmayne Award

To a non-corporate member, under 35 years of age, who is author of the best paper published in the Transactions of the Institute. Prize consists of a medal and certificate.

Materials World Award

An annual award to recognise an important feature or review published during the year within the Institute’s member magazines. Nominations proposed from the magazine group and membership are reviewed by the Awards Committee.

Pfeil Award

For published work of particular merit in the field of ceramics.

Wardell Armstrong Prize

For the best paper published in Transactions B: Applied Earth Science. Based on recommendations received from the Transactions editorial boards. Crystal bowl to lead author and certificate to each author.

Williams Award

For a paper of particular merit concerned with the manufacture and use of iron and steel.

Awards associated with The Institute but with selection made by outside bodies

The following Institute Awards are also made, but are not included in the selection procedure apart from requiring Council approval.

Charles Hatchett Award

For the best paper on the science and technology of niobium and its alloys. Sponsored by Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineracao (CBMM) and is selected by the Charles Hatchett Award International Panel.

Harvey Flower Titanium Prize

Offered by the Titanium Information Group to students, graduates, and practicing materials engineers. The winning entry will, in the opinion of the judges, contribute most constructively to: an improved understanding of titanium metallurgy or alloy development; a new application for titanium or titanium alloys; a significant extension of the use of titanium; the enhancement of the performance of titanium in an existing application; or any other scientific or technological innovation or improvement in connection with the production, processing and use of titanium and its alloys.

Vanadium Award

For the most outstanding paper in the metallurgy and technology of vanadium and its alloys. Sponsored and selected by the Vanadium International Technical Committee (Vanitec).