We are pleased to announce the return of our annual Surgical Robot Challenge. This international competition attracts some of the leading surgical robotics groups from around the world to showcase innovative new ideas across a range of surgical robot platforms.

Applications are not restricted to a particular focus area, but they should demonstrate innovation, application and design in how robots can improve procedures leading to quicker recovery, smaller scars, less blood loss, less pain, earlier return to work and less stay in hospital.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Application
  • Best Innovation
  • Best Design

There should be at least some newly developed aspect to an entry, but it can be based on an existing idea. Submissions should ideally take the form of final working prototypes, but the judging panel will also consider designs and plans.

Applications are invited from institutions around the world and all applicants must be associated with an academic organisation. Applications from industry will be accepted but they must be in partnership with an academic institution.

All applicants are asked to submit:

  • this online entry form;
  • a 2-minute video demo of their entry;
  • a 5-slide powerpoint presentation.

Deadline for submission: 30th April 2022 23:59 BST

We have streamlined the submission process and this is the final deadline for all entries. Please note the video time and presentation slide limits are strictly enforced.

The prize fund available is £15,000.
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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Does the competition have a particular focus, such as testing, sterilisation or awareness?
    There is no special focus – we are looking for any entries that demonstrate innovation, application and design in how robots can improve procedures leading to quicker recovery, smaller scars, less blood loss, less pain, earlier return to work and less stay in hospital.

  • Does the entry have to be an entirely new system, or will adaptations of existing systems be accepted?
    There should be some newly developed aspect to your entry, but it can be based on an existing idea.

  • Are entries expected to be final working prototypes, or would designs and plans be accepted?
    A working prototype is preferable, however given that the Covid-19 outbreak may make construction of a prototype impossible, the judging panel will consider designs and plans.

  • Do entrants have to be associated with an academic organisation to enter?
    Yes. We are happy to accept entries from industry, however these must be in partnership with an academic institution. We ask that the academic partner makes the application to enter.

  • Can international teams apply?
    Yes. We welcome entries from research groups around the world.

  • Can previous entrants to the challenge apply?
    Only if the entry is completely different to any previous submissions.

Please contact Marianne Knight if you have any further questions not covered here.

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