Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2019

Deadline has been passed


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

NIFinvites submissions of creative technological ideas/innovations from the students up to Standard XII for the tenth 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.

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.


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.

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.


Is there any limit to the number of entries submitted during the competition period?
No. The students are encouraged to submit as many entries as they wish.

Can there be groups or only individual submissions? 
Students can submit entries in groups, provided each member of the group contributes significantly to the development of the idea/innovation/project. Groups, where teachers/parents are included, will not be considered.

Are there any separate awards for individual or groups?

Is there any age limit for students?
As the competition is for students up to Standard XII, the maximum age is expected to be around17-18 years. Those out of school (children), up to the age of 17 years, can also participate.

Can students with background other than science apply for the competition?
Students from any background viz. arts, commerce, etc. can participate in the competition.