National Innovation Foundation (NIF), an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India, announces the 10th national competition for students' ideas and innovations.

NIF invites submissions of creative technological ideas/innovations from the students up to Standard XII for the 10th national competition for children's ideas and innovations - Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2019. NIF dedicates the IGNITE Awards in the loving memory of Dr Kalam.

According to NIF, which will also review all submissions and send feedback to students, all practical and useful ideas/innovations may be given financial and mentoring support. In case of deserving cases, patents will be filed in their name at no cost to them. It is also possible that some of the ideas might attract entrepreneurs and these may get licensed for monetary consideration.

In order to promote creativity and originality in children, NIF has been organising IGNITE - a national competition of original technological ideas and innovations by children, up to Standard XII or the age of 17 years, in or out of school.

Starting in 2008, in the past nine years, 201 awards have been given to 277 children. The total number of submissions from school children received during the various IGNITE campaigns is 1,54,500. NIF decided to commemorate the IGNITE Awards in his memory and rechristened the awards as Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards, so that creative children continue to draw inspiration from his spirit. NIF will continue to announce the awards every year on October 15, Dr Kalam's birthday, which is also celebrated as the Children's Creativity and Innovation Day by NIF.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE competition is an annual national competition to harness the creative and innovative spirit of children (up to Standard XII in school or those up to the age of 17 years out of school). Students are invited to send their original and creative technological ideas and innovations for the same.

The entries will be received till August 31, 2019. The students are encouraged to submit as many entries as they wish.

Submit entries online here -

  • OR -

Mail them to the following address (directly/through the Principal)

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2019
National Innovation Foundation - India
Gandhinagar-Mahudi Road
Gandhinagar-382650, Gujarat

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