Presented by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the BCS, these awards recognize people, projects, and organisations around the world that have excelled in the design of search and information retrieval products and services.

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.

More about nominating for the award


This year, we are offering four awards:

1. Best search project recognises the most impactful implementation of search technology or methodology in solving a specific problem or need.

Previous winners include:

  • Wikiframe Visual Graph, a search capability for Special Collections data stored on Wikidata (
  • CiteSeerX, one of the largest open source academic search engines with over 10 million documents.
  • LexisNexis for their work on Open question answering on Lexis+.

2. Search professional of the year is made to an individual who has made a significant contribution through their work and professionalism.

Previous winners include:

  • Amey Porobo Dharwadker, Machine Learning Tech Lead Manager at Meta.
  • Adam Tocock, Library Assistant at NHS.
  • Stuart Mackie, Lead Data Scientist at BiP Solutions

3. Most promising start up (or new enterprise) recognises the innovative and disruptive potential of a business model, technology, or solution.

Previous winners include:

  •, First BI Product Discovery Framework incl. 3 pillars for highest relevancy within global product listings.
  • Giotto AI, an all-in-one platform to automatize, digitalize, and standardize the data collection, analysis and writing of a Clinical Evaluation Report.
  • Resolute.AI, an AI driven platform to search major FDA databases in the public domain in a federated way

4. Best paper/presentation (at Search Solutions).

Previous winners include:

  • Charlie Hull, OSC: “Pragmatic AI-powered Search – Keeping it Simple, not Stupid”.
  • Filip Radlinski, Google: “Challenges with Really Understanding Natural Language in Conversational Recommendation”.
  • Olivia Foulds, University of Strathclyde: “Crossing the 49th Parallel in Data and Information Science”

The last award is open only to presenters at Search Solutions and will be judged on event day. For all others, apply today!

Judging panel

Our panel of judges will select winners (details to be announced shortly).

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will take place during Search Solutions 2024.

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 31st October.


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