Collegiate Inventors Competition

Up to 15 finalists will win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. in October to participate in a final round of judging and in the awards dinner and presentation.


One grand prize winner or team will receive $25,000. One undergraduate winner or team will receive $10,000 and one graduate winner or team will receive a $15,000 prize. Academic advisors of the winning entries will receive $3,000 each.

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.

Students must be enrolled (or have been enrolled) full-time in any 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.

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