Deadline: June 30, 2021 00:00 CEST
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Eligibility: Current university students of engineering, product design and industrial design – and those who have graduated in these subjects in the last four years

James Dyson Award 2021

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers.

It’s open to current and recent design engineering students, and is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to get young people excited about design engineering.

Design something that solves a problem

The brief is broad. James Dyson is looking for designers who think differently, to create products that work better.

Engineers who follow an iterative design process. The judges – and James Dyson especially – are drawn to designs that employ clever yet simple engineering principles and address clear problems.

As well as proving your project’s technical viability, it would also be great to see that it’s commercially viable, too – so include any research you’ve done into manufacturing costs and retail prices.

This year the James Dyson will also looking for entries that address a sustainability issue, or have been designed, sourced or manufactured sustainably.

What’s in it for you?

The James Dyson Award is your chance to make a name for yourself as an inventor.

As well as winning a significant cash prize, you could generate media exposure to kick-start your career, earn the esteem of your peers – and perhaps gain the confidence to launch your own business. Entering is simple.


  • National winner: £2,000
  • International runners up: £5,000
  • Sustainability winner: £30,000
  • International winner: £30,000
    (and £5,000 for your university)

Interested in applying for the James Dyson Award 2021? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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