Collegiate Inventors Competition

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

June 08

Awarded By

The National Inventors Hall of Fame

Award Amount

Prizes are awarded to the top three entries in each division. Advisors of winning entries receive cash prizes as well as an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C.


Six awards offered annually.

Additional Information

The invention, a reduced-to-practice idea or workable model, must be the work of a student or team of students with his/her university advisor. If it is a machine, it must be operable. If it is a chemical, it must be complete with evidence of successful application of the idea. If it is a new plant, color photographs or slides must be included in the submission. If a new or original ornamental design for an article of manufacture is submitted, the entire design must be included in the application. In addition, the invention should be reproducible. The entry must be the original idea and work product of the student/advisor team, and may not have been (1) made available to the public as a commercial product or process or (2) been patented or published more than one year prior to the date of submission to the competition. The invention will be judged on the originality and inventiveness of the new idea, process or technology. It must be complete, workable and well articulated. It will also be judged on its potential value to society (socially, environmentally and economically), and on its range or scope of use. There are no limits on the number of entries a student or team may submit in a given year; however, only one prize per student or team will be awarded.

Deadline Info

Applications are available online from the Collegiate Inventors Competition website. All students must apply via the online application. If entering as a team, only one student should complete the a ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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