Enter the Collegiate Inventors Competition

The Collegiate Inventors Competition® (CIC) gives you the chance to bring national attention to your work, enjoy unique networking opportunities, gain valuable feedback from our National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees, and compete for cash prizes and patent acceleration. Entries for the 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition are closed. Check back next spring for information on the 2024 competition.

Review our application process

To enter CIC, you’ll need to complete our online application. Here’s what you’ll be asked to provide:

Make sure you’re eligible to compete

Individual Eligibility
If you are a part-time or full-time student enrolled in a U.S. college or university, you are eligible to enter. You must have been enrolled at least part time between June 2022 and June 2023.

Team Eligibility
If you are part of a team of inventors, all your team members must be enrolled as either part-time or full-time students. Each team member must have been enrolled at least part time between June 2022 and June 2023.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you are still eligible as long as you are enrolled in a U.S. college or university and can meet the student eligibility requirement described above.

Your entry will be ineligible if (1) your invention has already been patented or disclosed by another party/inventor, or (2) you have been issued a patent for the invention more than one year prior to the date of your submission to the competition.

For questions about eligibility requirements, please contact us at [email protected].

Have Questions?

For more information visit our FAQs or contact us at [email protected] or 800-968-4332, option 5.