Each year, the editors of R&D receive entries from organizations that have launched a new product in the previous calendar year. We rely on expert judges who volunteer their time and knowledge to help find best of the bunch, 100 in all. Many judges return year after year. If you are a scientist, researcher, instructor or engineer, chances are good you will be able to contribute to our competition.

Download the Judges’ Application Form at the R&D 100 Awards Website

So what is being an R&D 100 judge all about?

The R&D 100 Awards solicit entries from any organization that has launched a new product in the year prior to the Awards competition. This year, qualifying entries were launched between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013. They are described in an Entry Form, provided as a MS Word or Adobe PDF document. Supplemental files such as images, videos or other documents may be provided to help augment the Entry Form, but usually everything is contained in a single 10 to 20-page document.

This is the material we rely on to determine this year’s winners, and it’s your background and experience we depend on to determine the overall worth of the product. How innovative is it? How marketable is it? Is it really commercially ready, or even viable? Is it price competitive? Does it outperform the competition? These are the questions we want answered and you can help us

What’s my commitment?

Judging the R&D 100 is straightforward. In late May we distribute the R&D 100 Awards entries to the judges. These entries are organized into categories—such as imaging, materials science, energy. The judges select a category and review the submitted entries for that category. This can take just an hour or two, or several hours if multiple categories have been selected. Finally, a short survey will allow you to share your impressions and make an overall ranking of the entry.

What’s in it for me?

Recognition, for starters. Our September issue of R&D Magazine is always devoted to the R&D 100 Awards and the names of our judges are published in this issue. It’s also a chance to learn about some of the most advanced new products and technologies to emerge from laboratories around the world.

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