Rules and Regulations

Recognition that opens doors

Writing a research paper takes a lot of time and effort. It takes even more dedication. To your research topic, your academic career, and your personal values. All with the goal of creating something that changes lives.

That’s why we’re here. Your work advances the world of healthcare. Your research contributes to the lives of millions. Our role is to share that with the world. 


What can you win?


January 2024

Announcement finalist and open call for papers

June 30, 2024

Close submissions

June 2024 – January 2025

Evaluation of submitted papers

What kind of research are we looking for? 

We will consider submissions that: 

  • Are innovative 
  • Bring new and inspiring applications and approaches to mass personalization, enable scalability of personalized care, or create clinical or economical evidence for mass personalized care 
  • Were conducted using Materialise Medical software (Mimics, 3-matic, PROPLAN CMFTM, Mimics inPrint, Mimics Enlight, OrthoView) 

What is mass personalization? 

Mass personalization is defined broadly: it can be personalized devices, personalized planning for standard devices, or the improvement of standard devices using population data. Other categories include pre-operative predictive planning, personalized materials, and intra-operative guidance. 

Which projects are eligible?

  • A published or unpublished article of 10 pages or less 
  • Research conducted in the last three years 
  • Written in English 
  • Submitted in .pdf format 
  • Comprised of the following sections: abstract, methods, results, conclusions, and high-quality pictures
  • Have not been submitted to the Mimics Innovation Award jury previously  

Who are the awards open to? 

Any person, group of persons, company, academic institution, or hospital can enter the Mimics Innovation Awards. Each corresponding author may only submit once per year. 


How is the winner selected? 

All submissions will be evaluated by an international jury of experts against the following criteria: 

  • Quality 
  • Originality 
  • Role of Materialise Medical software 
  • Social Impact 
  • Have not been submitted to the Mimics Innovation Award jury previously. 

Alternatively, if the jury concludes that none of the submitted articles meet the expected criteria, no award will be given. 

Meet some of our jury members


Dr. David Saxby

Associate Professor at the GCORE and Griffith University 

Dr. Saxby holds a Ph.D. in computational neuromuscular biomechanics. He graduated from Griffith University in 2016 under the supervision of Prof David Lloyd. In 2022, Dr. Saxby received a Discovery Early Career Research Award from the Australian Research Council and is currently an Associate Professor at the Griffith Centre for Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering (GCORE), and Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia. 

Dr. Saxby’s multidisciplinary research program rests on three pillars: innovation in orthopaedics and medical devices, integrated technology development, and multidisciplinary study of human neuromusculoskeletal biomechanics. Dr. Saxby has published more than 55 manuscripts in Q1 journals such as the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems Rehabilitation and Engineering, and Osteoarthritis & Cartilage. Since being awarded his Ph.D., Dr. Saxby has been awarded more than 9.5 million AUD in research funding through nationally competitive grants, direct industry funding, and philanthropic sources. 

Within the GCORE, Dr. Saxby’s research is focused on developing personalized models of the lower limb skeletal, muscular, and neural systems as well as the associated computational methods supporting assembly and simulation. The applications for these models include optimizing paediatric anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions, novel surgical reconstruction methods for the ruptured scapholunate interosseous ligament, and surgical training kits for bone fracture repair. 


Dr. Paolo Gargiulo, Professor

Director of the Institute of Biomedical and Neural Engineering, Reykjavik University 

Medical technology center Landspitali/Reykjavik University 

Paolo Gargiulo is a full Professor and director of the Institute of Biomedical and Neural Engineering at Reykjavik University /University Hospital Landspitali. He studied at TU Wien and finished his Ph.D. in 2008. Dr. Gargiulo’s interests and expertise lie in the areas of Medical Image processing, Neuroengineering, 3D printing, and medical technologies. At Landspitali, he developed a 3D printing service to support surgical planning, with over 200 operations impacting the Icelandic healthcare system. He currently cooperates with institutions in Italy and the UK to establish similar programs. Dr. Gargiulo has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, several chapters in academic books, and presented his work at many international conferences and workshops. 


Do you have the rights to submit your findings? 

Candidates must have all rights necessary to submit their paper. By applying, you grant Materialise the right to use your submission for possible marketing purposes. You agree to fully cooperate with Materialise, and all relevant concerns, particularly copyright issues, will be considered.   

You may be offered the opportunity to present your research at one of our events that include attendees from around the world, such as researchers, engineers, medical professionals, and the like. 

Materialise cannot be held liable for any circumstances which would cause an impediment to the usual and good course of the Mimics Innovation Awards, and for any claim by any third party, whether related to copyright or any other issue. 

Each candidate submitting an application for the Mimics Innovation Awards is deemed to have accepted this regulation. Materialise reserves the right to modify this regulation unilaterally. In case of modification, participants will be informed.