Collegiate Inventors Competition

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Collegiate Inventors Competition: Each year Collegiate Inventors Competition rewards and encourages hundreds of students to share their inventive ideas with the world.

The Competition promotes exploration in invention, science, engineering, technology, and other creative endeavors and provides a window on the technologies from which society will benefit in the future.

Competition Application Eligibility Criteria:

  • Students must be enrolled (or have been enrolled) full-time in any U.S. or Canadian college or university at least part of the 12-month period prior to the date the entry is submitted.
  • In the case of a team (maximum of four students), at least one member of the team must meet the full-time eligibility criteria.
  • The other team members must have been enrolled on a part-time basis (at a minimum) sometime during the 24-month period prior to the date the entry is submitted.

    Entries are judged on the originality and inventiveness of the new idea, process, or technology. The entry must be complete, workable, and well articulated.

    Entries are also judged on their potential value to society (socially, environmentally, and economically), and on the scope of use. The judges' decisions are final.


    Each year up to 15 finalists receive an all-expenses paid trip to present their work to a panel of expert judges.

    One Undergraduate and one Graduate winner or team each receive $15,000.

    One Grand Prize winner or team receives $25,000.

    Academic advisors of each winning team also receive a cash award.

    Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.

    Deadline is May 16 each year. Please send your copies using the following contact information; Collegiate Inventors Competition, 221 South Broadway Street, Akron, Ohio 44308. For further details, and application materials, contact: Collegiate Inventors Competition More: Undergraduate Competitions » Graduate Competitions » University Competitions