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Nokia Bell Labs Prize for Innovators Competition in USA 2021 (win up to $175,000)

Nokia Bell Labs invites applications for the Nokia Bell Labs Prize for Innovators Competition in the USA in 2021.

Each year, the Bell Labs Prize recognizes game-changing innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is geared toward innovative proposals that look to solve broader societal and humanistic challenges.

This is why the competition continues Nokia Bell Labs’ rich tradition of finding solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing the information and telecommunications industry.


Imagine the future Nokia Bell Labs Prize will help you invent it with cash prizes that can help propel your idea forward. But that’s not all, all three winners are considered for opportunities to work alongside Nokia Bell Labs researchers to further explore their ideas.

Worth of Award

It would interest you to know that the prizes awarded include

  • a grand prize of $100,000.
  • the second place is worth $50,000 while the
  • third place is worth $25,000 (third place).

Equally interesting is the fact that the prizes will be paid directly to the prize winners.

During the final stage, a Nokia Bell Labs Research Partner (BLRP) will be assigned to help you strengthen your proposal to maximize your chances of winning the prize

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As a matter of fact, this prize is open to all eligible applicants who register and submit proposals in the general areas of information and communications technologies.

Furthermore, teams of up to four members are allowed to participate, provided each member of the team meets the eligibility requirements.

These requirements include the fact that participants must

  • Own their ideas
  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Possess a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree
  • Not be employed by Nokia or be a family member of Nokia employees

In a similar vein, applicants must reside in one of the following countries:

Other countries include

  • Greece,
  • Hungary,
  • India,
  • Ireland,
  • Israel,
  • Italy,
  • Japan,
  • Luxembourg,
  • Netherlands,
  • New Zealand,

In a similar vein, other countries on the list include

How to Apply

Note that all applications are to be made online via the official website.

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Equally note that from the hundreds of applications received, five and seven finalists are selected to compete for three prizes in mid-November. This will be in front of a panel of renowned experts and industry leaders.

Deadline: In conclusion, the call for proposals opened March 10, 2021 and the proposal deadline is May 14, 2021. 


Click here for more details and to apply