Invent Alaska Competition Open through April 27th, 2018 – Enter Now!

Enter Now!

What is the Invent Alaska Competition?

The Invent Alaska Competition was launched in 2015 to showcase innovations developed using the knowledge learned while a student or employed at UAF and UAS.

Who can Enter?

UAF and UAS Students, Staff, and Faculty.

Is my Innovation Eligible?

Eligible competition innovations are any product, method, computer code, or device that can be licensed, copyrighted or patented.

Innovations are submitted through a disclosure of the innovation to the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization.

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What is a Disclosure?

A disclosure is simply the title and description of your innovation.

How do I apply?

Simply fill out this form answering a few basic questions about yourself and provide some details about your innovation.

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

When do I need to apply by?

Application deadline is April 27th, 2018.  Winners will be announced May 4th, 2018.

Where can I get more information?

For more information please call the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization at (907) 474 2605 or email

2016 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