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Medals, Prizes and Awards


William Froude Medal

The William Froude Medal is awarded to an individual of any nationality who, in the opinion of the Council  has made a conspicuous contribution to naval architecture and/or shipbuilding and whose achievements merit special consideration. The William Froude Medal is the Institution’s highest award for professional achievement.

RINA Medals

The Institution's Medal of Exceptional Merit and the Medal of Distinction are awarded to the authors of papers of merit published in the Transactions and Conference Proceedings. 

Royal Institution of Naval Architects - QinetiQ Maritime Innovation Award 

The Maritime Innovation Award, sponsored by the Institution and QinetiQ, recognises outstanding scientific or technological research in the areas of hydrodynamics, propulsion, structures and material which has the potential to make significant improvements in the design, construction and operation of marine vessels and structures.  The Award will be made annually to either an individual or an organisation, in any country.  Nominations for the Award may be made by any member of the global maritime community, and will be judged by a panel of members of the Institution and QinetiQ.

More about the Maritime Innovation Award

Nominations may be forwarded online at www.rina.org.uk/MaritimeInnovationAward or by email to

Royal Institution of Naval Architects - Lloyd's Register Maritime Safety Award 

The Maritime Safety Award, sponsored by the Institution and Lloyd's Register, is presented to an individual, company or organisation which has made a significant technological contribution to improving maritime safety or the protection of the maritime environment.  Such contribution can have been made either by a specific activity or over a period of time. Nominations may be made by any member of the global maritime community, and will judged by a panel of members of the Institution and Lloyd’s Register.

More about the Maritime Safety Award

Nominations may be forwarded online at www.rina.org.uk/MaritimeSafetyAward or by email to

Small Craft Group Medal

The Small Craft Medal is awarded annually to an individual or organisation in recognition of outstanding service or excellence in the small craft sector. Nominations may be made by any member of the global maritime community.

W H C Nicholas Prize

The W H C Nicholas Prize is awarded annually for the best paper published in the Transactions by a member under the age of 30 on a design related topic.   

The Austin Farrar Prize

The Austin Farrar Prize is awarded annually for the best paper published in the Transactions by a member under the age of 35 on the subject of small craft.

The Ian Telfer Prize

The Ian Telfer Prize is awarded annually for the best paper published in the Transactions by a member under the age of 30 the subject of the environment.

The David Goodrich Prize

The David Goodrich Prize is awarded annually for the best paper presented at the annual Warships conference.

The Samuel Baxter Prize

The Samuel Baxter Prize is awarded annually for the best paper published in the Transactions by a member under the age of 30 on the subject of safety.

The Wakenham Prize

The Wakenham Prize is awarded annually for the best general paper published in the Transactions by a member under the age of 30. 

The Calder Prize

The Calder Prize is awarded annually for the best paper published in the Transactions by a member under the age of 30 on the subject of small or high-speed craft.

The Jeom Paik Prize

The Jeom Paik Prize is awarded annually for the best paper published by in the Transactions by a member under the age of 30 on the subject of structures.

RINA - Student Naval Architect Awards

RINA Student Naval Architect Awards are presented to students studying naval architecture or related subject who achieve the best results in their final individual projects or examinations.  Many of these Awards are co-sponsored by industry.  

The Sir William White Scholarship

The Sir William White Scholarship is awarded to Associate Members of the Institution of any nationality who have been offered a post-graduate place at a UK University to carry out research in naval architecture or marine technology.

The Froude Scholarship

The Froude Scholarship is awarded to Associate Members of the Institution of any nationality who have been offered a post-graduate place at a UK university to carry out research into hydrodynamics or other related subjects.

Conference Places

A number of free conference places, sponsored by RINA and industry, are available for all Student Members and Associate Members still in full-time education.

Student sponsorship covers entrance into the conference and copy of the conference proceedings in printed format. Applicants must be able to attend both or all days of a particular conference. Students allocated sponsored places who fail to attend the full conference without informing the Institution or without good reason will not be allocated places at future conferences. Sponsored places are allocated on a 'first come - first served' basis. A limited number of sponsored places. For further information about the scholarships awarded by RINA, contact the Professional Affairs Department at

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