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Clean Tech Competition

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Teams of High School Students for
Projects that Offer Technology-Based Solutions to Real-World Problems

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL)

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Deadline Date:

04/13/18 4:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International teams of high school students, and their supervising teachers or other adults, for research projects that present solutions to real-world problems using clean technology. The registration deadline is March 16.

This Competition is a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth between the ages of fifteen and eighteen years old. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Each year, the Clean Tech Competition addresses an issue that is grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges. The competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators.

In Round 1 of the Competition, each team will enter a paper submissions, which details the cause and scope of the "Solving Climate Change" problem and proposes a clean technology solution. In Round 2 of the Competition, teams selected as finalists will work with a mentor to create a prototype of their solution and participate in a live round of judging at the Finalist event.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182173

Estimated Size of Grant:

Prize Level: 1st Place Finalist Team
Award Amount: $10,000 USD

Prize Level: 2nd Place Finalist Team
Award Amount: $7,000 USD

Prize Level: 3rd Place Finalist Team
Award Amount: $5,000 USD

Prize Level: 4th - 10th Place Finalist Teams
Award Amount: $1,000 USD

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Teams of 1-3 students from anywhere in the world may participate. All participating students must be 15 – 18 years old on July 12, 2018, the date of the final competition. Students enrolled in university, older than 18 years, or who graduated high school (or the local equivalent) are not eligible to participate. An individual may not participate as a member of more than one team.

Past participants are encouraged to take on this year’s new challenge, provided they meet the eligibility criteria. However, past participants may not reuse their projects from previous years.

Team Leader Requirements:

Each team must designate a Team Leader, who can be any adult (18 years or older) willing to supervise the participation of the students (ex: parent, teacher, club advisor, etc.). Team Members may not serve as a Team Leader. One person may serve as Team Leader to multiple student teams.

The basic responsibilities of a Team Leader are to supervise participation of the students, serve as the main contact for the team, and handle or oversee any monetary aspects. However, Team Leaders are encouraged to be more involved in supporting and guiding the team, as long as they are helping to facilitate the students’ own work.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:

November 20 - Registration Opens
March 16 (4:00 PM EST) - Registration Deadline
April 13 (4:00 PM EST) - Paper Submission Deadline
May 7 - Semi-Finalist Announcement
May 14 - Finalist Announcement
July 12 - Final Event

All prizes will be distributed after the Finalist Event during the week of July 12, 2018.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Center for Science Teaching and Learning
Attn: Clean Tech Competition
1450 Tanglewood Road
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Phone: 516-764-0045

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.