The Big Bang Competition Prizes

The Big Bang Competition offers a fantastic opportunity for young people to win amazing prizes in recognition for their hard work.

Prizes range from generous cash prizes to prestigious titles.

Core prizes

All projects that are shortlisted for the Finals compete for the following prizes, based on their stream and age category.

Science

Junior (Years 7 to 9)
1 x winner £750
3 x runner-up £250

Intermediate (Years 10 to 11)
1 x winner £750
3 x runner-up £250

Senior (Years 12 to 13)
1 x winner £750
3 x runner-up £250

Engineering

Junior (Years 7 to 9)
1 x winner £750
3 x runner-up £250

Intermediate (Years 10 to 11)
1 x winner £750
3 x runner-up £250

Senior (Years 12 to 13)
1 x winner £750
3 x runner-up £250

GSK UK Young Engineers of the Year 2019

Overall winners

At the Finals, we also crown the overall winners as GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year and GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year.

Competitors in any age category are eligible for this prize.

GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year

1x £2000

GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year

1x £2000

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Special awards

We also have some brilliant thematic prizes which focus on issues close to young peoples' hearts, like climate change or improving communities. These are sponsored by companies and organisations in industry, and reward projects for specific achievements, for example teamwork or innovative thinking. Only those projects that fit the criteria will be in with a chance to win a particular award.

Browse all of our special awards

The Energy Institute Climate Change Special Award

This will be awarded to a project designed to help bring about a lasting reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as part of the UK’s goal of reaching net zero by 2050.

The Network Rail Innovation in Transport Award

This is looking for collaborative projects that have used innovative thinking in transport, focusing on creating and developing ideas to improve experiences of passengers.

The Royal Air Force Teamwork Award

This award is all about exceptional teamworking skills throughout the project.

The Special Award for Practical Science

This will reward technicians or teachers who have supported an individual or team in their practical investigative project for the Competition.

The Stantec Developing Future Communities Award

This will be awarded to a project that has demonstrated how science and engineering can advance the quality of life in communities, from around the corner to across the globe.

Place at London International Youth Science Forum 2021

Win a chance to represent the UK at a 15-day residential programme in London, from 28 July and 11 August 2021. It's fully funded and open to all individuals submitting a project in the senior category.

The Just Eat Takeaway ‘Sustainability in the Food Industry’ Special Award

Leading the way to a more sustainable takeaway! This award will go to a project that can design a product to improve sustainability within the food industry.