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Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Ignite Awards 2016

Deadline: 31-Aug-2016

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AwardFinancial and mentoring support
EligibilityUpto Class 12
Scholarship provider contact

Satellite Complex,
Jodhpur Tekra, 
Near Mansi crossroad
Pin : 380015,
Tele: + 91 079 26753501, +91 079 2673 2095 / 2456,
Fax : + 91 079 26731903
E–Mail :
For Innovation/Ideas:-,,
and for Business Development :-


National Innovation Foundation - India was set up by the Department of Science and Technology in February 2000 at Ahmedabad to achieve its goals essentially through a non-government spirit and by drawing upon the Honey Bee network and its collaborating partners. The primary objectives of NIF are:

  1. To help India become an innovative and creative society and a global leader in sustainable technologies by scouting, spawning and sustaining grassroots innovations.
  2. To ensure evolution and diffusion of green grassroots innovation in a selective, time-bound and mission oriented basis so as to meet the socio-economic and environmental needs of our society.
  3. To provide institutional support in scouting, spawning, sustaining and scaling up grassroots green innovations as well as outstanding traditional knowledge and helping their transition to self-supporting activities.
  4. To seek self-reliance through competitive advantage of innovation based enterprises and/or application of "people generated sustainable technologies" at grassroots level.
  5. To build linkages between excellence in formal scientific systems and informal knowledge systems and create a knowledge network to link various stakeholders through application of information technology and other means.
  6. To promote wider social awareness, and possible applications, of the know-how generated as a result of these initiatives in commercial or social spheres and encourage its incorporation in educational curriculum, developmental policies and programs.


  • As the competition is for students up to class 12, the maximum age is expected to be about 17-18 years. Out of school children up to the age of 17 years can also participate.
  • Students from any background viz. arts, commerce etc. can participate in the competition.

How to apply?

The submissions for the contest can be made to us through any of the following means.
1. Email the details
2. Submit online
3. Mail them at the following address (directly/through the Principal)

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2016
National Innovation Foundation - India
Satellite Complex, Premchand Nagar Road,
Jodhpur Tekra, Satellite
Ahmedabad 380 015, Gujarat

More Information

In order to promote creativity and originality in children, National Innovation Foundation - India (NIF), an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, had been organizing IGNITE - a national competition of original technological ideas and innovations of children upto class the age of 17 years, in or out of school (upto class 12 only).
Starting in 2008, in the last seven years, 142 awards have been given to 202 children at the hands of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The total number of submissions from school children received during the various IGNITE campaigns have been 71200.
NIF has decided to commemorate IGNITE awards in his memory 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 of IGNITE competition every year on October 15th, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's birthday, which is celebrated as the Children's Creativity and Innovation Day by it.


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