If you know of any people, projects, or products that deserve recognition, let us know by submitting a nomination. Alternatively, if you’re involved with something special yourself, you can submit an application today.


This year we are offering five awards:

  • Best search user experience (of a web site / mobile app / information resource, etc.)
  • Most promising start up (or new enterprise)
  • Best open source project (of all shapes & sizes)
  • Search professional of the year (who is your unsung hero?)
  • Best paper / presentation at Search Solutions 2021

The last award is open only to presenters at Search Solutions, and will be judged at the event on 24 November 2021.

Judging Panel

Winners will be selected by our panel of judges (details to be announced shortly).

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will take place during Search Solutions 2021 on 24 November 2021. Winners will receive a framed certificate and a public listing on the IRSG Awards site.

How to apply

We’ve designed the application process to be simple to complete. If you are unsure which category to apply for, or have questions about the application process, contact us via the address below.

Nominations will remain open until 1st November.


If you have any questions on the above, please contact Tony Russell-Rose at tgr2uk+irsg AT gmail.com

Previous award winners

Search Industry Awards Winners 2017
  • Most promising start-up of 2017 goes to Search|hub by CXP Commerce Experts GmbH for their work on developing and commercialising a system that infuses human understanding into existing search applications by automatically correcting human input and building context around each and every query.
  • Best Search Project of 2017 goes to Elsevier DataSearch. This project is a data search engine that allows scientists and researchers to search for many different data types and formats across a variety of domain-specific and cross-domain institutional data repositories and other data sources. Mark Stanger accepted the award on behalf of Elsevier.
  • Best presentation at Search Solutions goes to Mark Harwood of Elastic, for a talk titled "Tackling toxic content with the elastic stack". Mark gave us an intriguing insight to his work on the application of search technologies to the identification of content that's undesirable, such as hate speech, fake news and extremist promotions.
Search Industry Awards Winners 2016
  • Most promising start-up of 2016 goes to ContextFlow, for their work on developing and commercialising the radiology image search technology developed in the EU FP7 Khresmoi project as the product Radiology Explorer. The certificate was presented to Markus Krenn, Quality Manager at ContextFlow.
  • Best Search Project of 2016 goes to Rich Miller, Todd Frascone and Serena Wellen of Lexis Nexis for their work on Search Term Maps. This project is the culmination of years of research into how legal professionals glean information from documents within query results. It displays query-term hit-patterns from the most relevant parts of each document allowing users to quickly scan results lists and documents for relevant results and home in on the best case for their issue.
  • Best presentation at Search Solutions goes to Frederic Fol Leymarie of DynAikon Ltd, for a talk titled “Human Visual Perception + Computer Vision to provide greater User Control for Shape-based Search”. Frederic gave us an intriguing insight to his work on the application of perception/psychophysics and computer vision to the problem of indexing and retrieval of objects in static and dynamic video scenes.