CSIR Innovation Award for School Children-2020

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) is the premier Industrial R&D
Organization in India. Innovation Award to create awareness, interest and motivation for
Intellectual Property for school children has been instituted to support scientific
temperament and to generate innovative spirit among school children.
CIASC (CSIR Innovation Award for School Children) award was initiated in the year
2002 on the occasion of the World Intellectual Property Day which is celebrated
throughout the world on 26th April, CIASC (CSIR Innovation Award for School Children)
is an annual national competition to harness the creative and innovative spirit of school
children. CSIR invites students to send their original creative technological and
design ideas in the form of proposal for the competition.
The proposals invited for the awards are for exploration of ideas and for providing the
feasibility or possibility of the concept on intellectual property rights. Winning entries are
selected on the basis of the novelty and utility for any new concept or idea or design or
a solution to an existing problem or a completely new method/device/utility.
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.
The proposal for CIASC award 2020 should relate to innovations developed published
exhibited during the period from January 1, 2019 to 31st December, 2019 for
consideration for the award. The applications for the award not exceeding 5000 words in
English/Hindi with requisite drawings/photographs will be considered. The write-up
must describe the subject matter in a problem-solution mode, highlighting the novel
features of the innovation and its advantages. The awardees will be selected by a high
level Award Selection Committee. The decision of the Award Selection Committee /
CSIR will be final and binding on the applicants and no enquiries / correspondence in
this regard will be entertained. Award would be announced on or before 26th September,
Any Indian school going student up to Class XII and below 18 years of age as on
31st January 2020 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
The proposal(s) would be categorized in groups such as Biotechnology, Biology,
Chemistry, Electronics & Engineering/device and design. However design based
applications is 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
Proposal already awarded by any Central/State government, Ministry/ Department/
Organization need not to be sent for this scheme.
7Number of Prizes and Cash award prizes
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.
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 ‘CIASC-2020”.
It may please be noted that a hard copy of all applications should be submitted
through post with authentication letter (with seal and date) from the School
Principal on the innovation claims being made.
Online proposal must reach CSIR –IPU before 30
th April, 2020. Applications received
on or before 30
th April, 2020 will be considered for the Award.
The Award will be announced on or before 26th September, 2020, at New Delhi and
would be communicated to the Awardees only. The awards will be given to winners
on CSIR Foundation Day i.e. 26th September, 2020. The cost of travel and stay at New
Delhi will be borne by CSIR.

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