The Collegiate Inventors Competition

  • Deadline: 06/14/2023
  • Renewable: Unknown
  • Number of Awards: Not Available
  • Award Amount: $100,000
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  • Phone: 800-968-4332 x5
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  • Address: 3701 Highland Park NW North Canton, OH 44720-4535

The Collegiate Inventors Competition is a program organized by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Invent Now.

It is a national competition designed to provide rewards to new innovations, discoveries, and research done by college and university students and their faculty advisers.

The Collegiate Inventors Competition® is a unique competition that has been existing since 1990, thanks to the help of their sponsors, and they have awarded more than $1 million to students nationwide.

Full Description

You are supposed to present your innovation to the public during the Expo, followed by the Awards Dinner — where they will announce the winners and it is up to you to convince the judges that your entry is the best among the many outstanding inventions.

Who's eligible?

In the majority of cases, the students who are doing these kinds of researches come from science, engineering, mathematics, and technology studies, but the creative inventions can emerge from any course of study.

Now, you are probably wondering whether the award is available to you.

You need to meet the following requirements:

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students for at least part of the 12-month period prior to entry.

Teams must include at least one member who meets this requirement, and all remaining members must be enrolled at least part-time at some point during the 12-month period prior to entry.

Non-U.S. citizens are eligible, as long as they are enrolled in a U.S. college or university and can meet the student eligibility status.

When it comes to patents, ineligible are those inventions that have already been patented or disclosed by another party/inventor.

How to Apply

Each year, early-spring the application process opens and interested students need to fill out our online application form.

Here’s what you will have to provide:

  • Your student information
  • An essay including a brief description or abstract of your invention
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor or professional reference
  • A literature/patent search and summary
  • Any relevant supporting or supplemental materials you wish to submit, such as charts, graphs, videos, articles, samples, etc.

Our suggestion is not to miss this opportunity to participate in an exciting, university-led invention competition.

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