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.

This year we will also be showcasing a selection of projects on the website.

Prizes range from generous cash prizes to prestigious titles, and may change a bit from year to year.

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 Award Ceremony, we will also crown the overall winners as UK Young Scientist of the Year and UK Young Engineer of the Year.

Competitors in any age category are eligible for this prize.

UK Young Scientist of the Year

1x £2000

UK Young Engineer of the Year

1x £2000

Special awards

Each year, 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.

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London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF)

Win a place at 63rd London International Youth Science Forum 2022 (27th July – 10th August 2022), with the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF).

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Network Rail

The Network Rail Innovation in Transport Award

This award will be awarded to a project where a collaborative approach has been taken using innovative thinking, within the fields of transportation. The theme of these projects will be ‘Putting Passengers First’, focusing on creating and developing ideas to improve passengers’ experiences during any part of their rail travel.

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The Energy Institute Climate Change Award

The Climate Change Award is aimed at projects which focus on creating a lasting reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as a contribution to the UK’s goal of reaching net zero by 2050.

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The Intellectual Property Office Award for Outstanding Innovator

The Intellectual Property Office is the official government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the UK including patents, trade marks, designs and copyright. They promote innovation to help the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas.

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The Siemens Digital Decarbonisation Award

Siemens’ vision for this year and beyond is to transform the everyday and inspire the next generation. Our digital equipment and software, renewable energy, network infrastructure and healthcare solutions show young people the possibilities and great things we can achieve in the world through engineering.

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RAF Youth And STEM

The Royal Air Force Teamwork Award

The Royal Air Force has a distinctive character and spirit that relies on an essential combination of team work and leadership to deliver air power worldwide regardless of the challenges or the environment. This prize will be awarded to a project that has demonstrated excellent team working skills throughout the project.

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The Stantec Developing Future Communities Award

This award will be awarded to a project that has demonstrated how science and engineering can advance the quality of life in communities, whether around the corner or across the globe. Communities are fundamental, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

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The Special Award for Practical Science

This award will reward technicians or teachers who have supported an individual or team in their practical investigative project for the Big Bang competition. Their support will have allowed the students to include sound practical elements in their experimentations. 

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The Army Humanitarian Award

This award is designed to celebrate a project that aims to improve the lives of others by tackling humanitarian issues. The project must demonstrate an understanding of the issues involved and a produce a practical solution to the challenges faced.

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