Invent Alaska Competition Open through April 27th, 2018

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What is the Invent Alaska Competition?

The Invent Alaska competition celebrates UAF’s and UAS’s best innovations, and it rewards their faculty, student, and staff inventors.

The competition, started in 2015, is hosted by the University’s Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization (OIPC).

Why should I enter the competition?

The grand prize winner will receive $7,500 and assistance with protecting and commercializing their innovation.  Separate categories exist for (1) innovations with the greatest commercial potential, (2) best early stage ideas, (3) student submissions, and (4) UAS submissions.

What is an eligible innovation?

Any innovation developed by UAF or UAS faculty, staff, and students using university resources or as part of a class.  An innovation could be, for example, a new method of doing something, a product, a composition, or software.

Who can Enter the competition?

UAF and UAS students, staff, and faculty.

How do I enter the competition?

Click here.  You’ll be brought to a simple form to submit your innovation.  Depending on your submission, OIPC staff may need to follow up to gather more information.

When do I need to enter by?

The competition runs through the end of the 2017-2018 school year.  The application deadline is April 27th, 2018.  Winners will be announced on May 4th, 2018.

What can I win?

The Grand Prize is $7,500 in cash and assistance to license, patent, and commercialize your innovation.

Separate categories for: (1) Student, (2) Greatest Commercial Potential, and (3) Best Early Stage Idea, (4) Best Entry from UA Southeast

I have more questions.  Who can I talk to?

OIPC staff will be happy to talk to you.  Call 474-2605 or email

Why else should I enter the competition?

The university wants to help you protect and commercialize your innovation.  While the university owns innovations developed using university resources including classwork, innovators in return receive substantial backing in the form of resources and expertise.

Innovators also receive the first $10,000 and 50% thereafter of net proceeds received by the university from commercialization of the innovation.

2015 winners of the Invent Alaska Competition

2016 Invent Alaska Winners

Robert Coker – UAF Department of Biology and Wildlife and Institute of Arctic Biology. Faculty – Innovation Award for Research Leading to Commercialization for his invention Myo-Canine, a food product that maintains skeletal muscle while reducing fat in obese animals.

Mindy Courter – UAF School of Education. Student Innovation Award in social science for her app – Time of Need, that is targeted to assist the homeless locate food, shelter, and other local resources.

Simon Filhol – UAF Department of Geosciences and International Arctic Research Center. Student Innovation award in environmental science for his app – Data Cache, that allows researchers to collect real-time data from data loggers.

Rajive Ganguli and Tathagata Ghosh – UAF Department of Geological and Mining Engineering. Faculty Innovation Award in Industrial Processes and Workforce Development for their work on the Dynamic Mill Simulator, which simulates mining operations to help train mine operators.

James Long – UAF International Arctic Research Center. Staff Innovation Award for Extending Open Source Software for High Performance Computers. The SLURM plug-in improves efficiency of cluster computer systems by managing library resources locally in the cluster.

Rob Rember – UAF International Arctic Research Center. Faculty Innovation Award in Scientific Instrumentation for his work on a sea ice corer. The sea ice corer is designed to take ice samples without contamination, allowing accurate testing of ice for trace elements.

Heidi Rader – UAF Cooperative Extension Service. Staff Innovation Award in Citizen Science for her app, Grown and Tell, which allows gardeners and farmers to share crop selection and yield information.


For more information on the Invent Alaska Competition please call (907) 474-2605 or email


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