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CSIR Innovation Awards for Students

The Central Board of Secondary Education has announced the criteria for the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Innovation Award for school students. The educational council is also accepting the application for the same. Any Indian student of classes 1 to 12 interested in science and technology can apply for CSIR Innovation Awards for students. They need to work on existing societal problems to win the award.


CSIR is an industrial research and development organization in India that encourages students to develop their innovative spirit. The innovation award aims to promote awareness, interest, and motivation for Intellectual Property.


CSIR Innovation Award for School Children is a national-level competition to enhance creativity and innovative thinking in students. The award was started in 2002 on the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day. This day is celebrated on the 26th of April every year across the globe to raise awareness of the importance of intellectual property rights. Some of the crucial components of an IP are patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and copyright. Students willing to participate in the competition need to send their original design and creative technological ideas as a proposal.


Candidates with the most compelling entries are selected for the final rounds. The winning entries are chosen based on the utility of the idea or design. The proposal should solve the existing societal problems, or there should be a new method/device/utility.

Things to Know

The submitted proposal should provide a concrete solution to a problem. Students applying for the CSIR Innovation Award should know the following things before submitting their ideas.

  • The competition has various categories for students, including energy, health, artificial intelligence, climate change, water conservation, disaster mitigation, and agrotechnology.
  • Any innovation relating to the fields mentioned above can be submitted as a proposal. The proposals should identify issues and knowledge gaps and provide a solution for the same. Moreover, concepts or designs related to the development of futuristic visions can also be submitted.
  • Students can submit the ideas or designs in various formats, including comics, videos, infographics, animation, and science fiction.
  • Students should refrain from using copyrighted material. If such materials are found, the entries will be disqualified.
  • The winning entries will be showcased on the CSIR Jigyasa Virtual Lab platform.

How to Apply

  • Interested students from classes 1 to 12 can apply for the competition.
  • Candidates must be a citizen of India.
  • Participating candidates should be less than 18 years of age as of 1st January 2022.
  • The application can be submitted by an individual student. Also, two to five students can form a group to submit a single application.
  • Students need to draft an article not exceeding 5,000 words along with the design or concept. This write-up must be drafted in Hindi or English with requisite drawings and photographs.
  • Students participating in the competition must attach a separate sheet containing personal details with the draft.
  • The proposal should be backed up with an authentication certificate issued by the principal or head of the institute.

Important Dates

Last date of submission of proposals- 30th April 2022

Date of declaration of awards- 26th September 2022

Prize Amount

There are 15 prizes in the competition. Besides a certificate on participation, cash awards will be given to the entries falling in these categories:

  • First Prize of INR 1,00,000 to be awarded to the winning entry
  • Candidates winning the second prize will be awarded INR 50,000 each. A maximum of two entries will be eligible for this amount.
  • The third prize is for INR 30,000 each to be awarded to a maximum of three entries.
  • The fourth prize is for Rs. 20,000 each. It will be awarded to a maximum of four entries.
  • Fifth prize of Rs.10,000 each is to be awarded to a maximum of five entries.

Students can submit their entries in hard and soft copies along with the authentication letter from school management.

Whom to Send

Interested candidates can email their entries to [email protected] along with the scanned copy of the authentication letter issued by the principal or head of the institute. Alternatively, candidates can send the hard copy of the proposals through registered post or courier. The address for the same is:

Head, CSIR-Innovation Protection Unit, NISCAIR Building, 14 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area, New Delhi-110067.

The envelope containing the hard copy of the write-up and authentication letter by the school management should be marked on the top left-hand corner ‘CIASC-2022.’

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