2018 is the National Year of the Engineer

to coincide with this, the RAF has just launched its first ever Engineering Competition
The Competition is an 18-month team challenge, with cash prizes, which aims to encourage widespread interest in Engineering across the Whole Force and to inspire people of all ages to get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

There are actually two competitions running in parallel: a Senior Competition and a separate Youth Engagement Competition.  The Senior Competition is open to: all RAF personnel across all trades and branches; the Whole Force & Joint participants in teams comprising a majority of RAF personnel; the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS); and University Air Squadrons (UAS).  The Youth Engagement Competition is open to: RAF Air Cadets including CCF(RAF), Air Scouts and the Girls Venture Corps.

To encourage maximum breadth of thought and vision, and to promote innovation, ingenuity and Thinking to Win (T2W), entries can be submitted against four broad themes:
• Royal Air Force
– the next 100 years.
• Size, weight and power.
• Height, reach, speed and endurance.
• The Information Age.

The Competition will run in two distinct Phases:

Phase 1 is when teams can register their interest and then submit their concept (what, why, how) with a rough outline design.  All submissions will then be judged and sifted, with 15 entries from both competitions proceeding to the Finals.

In Phase 2, each of the 30 Finalist teams will receive £3,000 to aid concept refinement and production of a prototype or concept demonstrator.  They will also have access to a pool of Industry Mentors.  The overall Competition will culminate with a finale event in Autumn 2018 which will include a pitch to a panel of expert judges drawn from senior RAF, Industry, Professional Engineering Institutions, entrepreneurs and inspirational figures, followed by an Awards Ceremony with the following prizes:

Teams need to register by 1st August 2017, with concept entries submitted by e-mail by 1st October 2017.  The outcome of Phase 1 judging will be announced in November 2017.
The central STEM theme gives the wider RAF Family a chance to participate in the national drive to inspire the next generation.  The Competition is aligned with the RAF’s Strategic Objectives of Building a Workforce Fit for the Future and Delivering the Next Generation Air Force Capability.  It will also embrace T2W through innovation in Engineering and deliver activities that help to promote Women into Science and Engineering (WISE), whilst retaining and attracting RAF personnel in STEM roles.