CSIR Innovation Award for School Children (CIASC)
Deadline:  30th April

High/Secondary School

Scholarship Overview

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is inviting applications from young innovative students of India below 18 years of age for CSIR Innovation Award for School Children (CIASC) 2021. In this competition, the students are required to submit their original creative designs and technological project proposals aimed at creating novel and utilitarian solutions of new processes/devices/utilities. Students can submit their entries as innovation proposals and get a chance to secure scholarship awards up to INR 1 lakh for their ideas. This talent-based program also provides students with a chance to avail training-cum-awareness sessions with CSIR officials.

The CIASC 2021 has announced a total of 15 award prizes for this year’s program:

Rank                     No. of Award positions                          Cash Award

First prize                            1                                                INR 100,000

Second prize                       2                                                INR 50,000 each

Third prize                           3                                                INR 30,000 each

Fourth prize                         4                                                INR 20,000 each

Fifth prize                            5                                                INR 10,000 each



Following documents are mandatory for CIASC-2021 application:-

  • Innovation idea proposal (Hindi/English): not more than 5,000 words
  • Personal details information: Separate page containing the following details:-
    • Title of the innovation
    • Name and date of birth of the applicant
    • School address and residential address
    • Current class/grade
    • Telephone no. (Residence/School)
    • Email address
  • Authentication Letter: Signed by school principal verifying applicants enrolment at the school and approval for participation


Students or groups of students who wish to apply for this award must adhere to the following eligibility guidelines. An applicant must:

  • Be below the age of 18 years as of 01st January 2021
  • Be an Indian citizen enrolled at a recognized Indian school
  • Submit only one entry in his/her name including any team submissions (if any)

How To Apply

Follow the below steps to apply for the award:

Step 1: Prepare an innovation proposal in English/Hindi (not more than 5,000 words).
Step 2: Enclose it in an envelope along with an authentication letter from the school principal.
Step 3: Also include other necessary documents.
Step 4: Seal and mark the envelope on the top left corner as ‘CIASC-2021’.
Step 5: Post the sealed envelope to the address below:

Head, CSIR-Innovation Protection Unit
NISCAIR Building, 3rd Floor,
14-Satsang Vihar Marg
New Delhi-110067, India