In order to inculcate scientific culture amongst school children, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has instituted a competition ‘Innovation Award for School Children’. Aim of the Competition
- To build awareness, interest and motivation for intellectual property
- To support scientific temperament and innovative spirit
About the Award
CIASC (CSIR Innovation Award for School Children) is an annual national competition to harness the creative and innovative spirit of school children. The competition has been started in the year 2002 on the occasion of the World Intellectual Property Day which is celebrated throughout the world on 26th April. CSIR invites students to send their original creative technological and design ideas in the form of proposal for the competition.
Any Indian school going student
- Up to Class XII
- Below 18 years of age on 1st January, 2021
Any Indian school going student up to Class XII and below 18 years of age as on 1st January 2021 would be eligible to apply in English or Hindi through the Principal/Head of the School (for authentication purposes). Proposals can be submitted by a student or a group of students.
However, a single award will be given to group of students. The proposals would be categorized in groups such as Biotechnology/biology, Chemical, Electronics & Engineering/device and design. However design based applications are encouraged.
The eligible innovations for consideration should be novel, and utilitarian for any new concept or idea or design or a solution to an existing problem or completely a new method/device/utility. The concept of the innovation should have been proved through a model, a prototype or an experimental data.
The proposals submitted should be one that is novel and utilitarian. It could be a new concept or idea or design or a solution to an existing problem or completely a new method/ process/ device/ utility. The concept of the innovation should have been proved through a model, a prototype or experimental data. It is encouraged that the focus of students on innovation is through ‘design ideas’.
However, innovations related to other topics would equally be eligible. Essays/mere compilation of information from published literature/ downloaded from internet will not be considered. Details of any assistance/ guidance provided by teachers/parents/friends or others must be appropriately acknowledged.
Applicant must submit the details of the innovation proposals by hard copy in English/Hindi (not more than 5000 words), along with a authentication certificate (having seal and date) issued by the Principal / Head of the School where the student is enrolled. Proposals must have title of the Innovation, name and date of birth of the candidate, school and residential address, class, telephone no. (residence /school) and e-mail address.
Applications should be submitted by hard copy through Registered Post/Courier to: Head, CSIR-Innovation Protection Unit, NISCAIR Building, 14 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area, New Delhi – 110 067 with the envelope marked on top left hand corner ‘CIASC2021.
CSIR Innovation Award for School Children-2021 participants can submit their entries through email ID:- ciasc.ipu[at]niscair.res.in also. Scanned copy of authentication certificate (having seal and date) issued by the Principal / Head of the School where the student is enrolled is necessary with proposal. In absence of the same, your school principal may please forward the entries to email ID :- ciasc.ipu[at]niscair.res.in.
There are in all 15 prizes. Besides a certificate, the cash awards are:
- First Prize (1 Nos.) Rs. 1,00,000/-
- Second Prize (2 Nos.) Rs. 50,000/- each
- Third Prize (3 Nos.) Rs. 30,000/- each
- Fourth Prize (4 Nos.) Rs. 20,000/- each
- Fifth Prize (5.) Rs. 10,000/- each
It is not mandatory that all the above 15 prizes for the award would be given.
- Proposal must reach IPU, CSIR before 30th April, 2021. Applications received on or before 30th April, 2021 will be considered for the Award.
- The Award will be announced on or before 26th September, 2021, at New Delhi and would be communicated to the Awardees only.