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Inventor Awards and Competitions

InventHelp® provides these inventor awards and competitions links for your use, enjoyment, and general reference. InventHelp does not endorse any of the sites and claims no responsibility for the content, information, products or services offered by them.

The following invention contests and awards programs for inventors are published as a courtesy of InventHelp. Many of them are aimed at generating publicity for the sponsor(s), but may not necessarily take your intellectual property rights into consideration. Before submitting an idea to any invention contest, you should consult with your patent attorney to avoid losing any rights to your ideas.

  • The Hammacher Schlemmer Search for Invention Contest – To foster the spirit of inventing, Hammacher Schlemmer offers a contest that they describe as "a national inventor's competition that rewards inventors of patented products that have not yet reached the marketplace."
  • The Lemelson-MIT Awards for Invention and Innovation – The $500,000 prize from this award is the single largest award for inventors. "The Lemelson-MIT awards program honors both established and rising inventors, for their ingenuity, creativity and contribution to American invention. The awards are part of a comprehensive program that recognizes the profound impact that individual ingenuity can have on all of society."
  • The Dupont Plunkett Awards – "The Awards competition is open to processors or users of fabricated products who have invented new or improved products or applications, incorporating DuPont fluoropolymers as a critical component. Products or applications must result from work done by the entrant in conception and commercialization of the entry."
  • Intel Science Talent Search – "Finding Tomorrow's Scientists": This contest is to encourage and stimulate scientific discovery and innovation in today's youth with awards and scholarships totaling $1.25 million.
  • The National Science Teachers Association – Links to several competitions for young inventors.
  • National Museum of Education – This is the only museum recognized by the US government for recognizing and archiving student inventors and their work. The NMOE currently is in its 19th year and has administered the National Gallery for America's Young Inventors for 12 years, the highest national honor for student inventors. They also run the very popular BubbleWrap® Competition for Young Inventors.
  • The Collegiate Inventors Competition – This international competition for college students encourages creative thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition – A 2004 BoatU.S. Foundation study found that while life jackets save lives every day, many boaters don't wear them because they're uncomfortable. In response to this problem, the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has teamed up with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) to encourage innovative ideas and new technology to design a life jacket that the majority of boaters might wear. The winning entry will receive $5,000.
  • Toshiba Exploravision Awards – "Encourages K-12 students to put their imaginations and the tools of science to work to create a vision of a new technology. Prizes are awarded to student teams who envision the most innovative technology."
  • 3dpublishing.com Inventor's Contest – Offers monthly assignments to win a free history kit from 3dpublishing.com.
  • Edison Innovation Awards – Presented annually by the National Museum of Education to six (or fewer) K-12 students at the organization's awards and benefit dinner.

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