For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

Collegiate Inventors Competition

This program is a unique platform for recognizing and rewarding the nation’s most outstanding and innovative undergraduate and graduate students and showcasing the emerging ideas and inventions that will shape our future.

National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees serve as judges, evaluating each entry for its originality, inventiveness, scope of use and potential social, environmental or economic value.

Finalists earn a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their universities and present their work to our illustrious panel of judges. Winners enjoy over $100,000 in cash prizes and the opportunity to patent their inventions. In addition, the Collegiate Inventors Competition offers students an opportunity that is even more valuable than these prizes — the chance to network with fellow innovators and receive the incomparable advice and encouragement of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees.

Individual entrants must be enrolled as full-time students in any U.S. college or university 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.

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • Washington, DC

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Research


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident
  • Citizen of another country

Program Length:

  • Short term (less than one year)


  • June 1 

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG
  • Graduate


  • $15,000 top prize for graduate students; $12,500 for undergraduates