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WHAT: The $10,000 Strata Clean Tech Award

WHY: To advance clean-energy technologies and to support and encourage those individuals and institutions that are challenging traditional approaches to our energy ecosystem

WHO: Students, advisors, faculty, staff, and administrators at accredited colleges and universities in the Southeastern United States

WHEN: Deadline to submit: January 10, 2020; Award announced Friday, February 21, 2020

WHERE: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute for the Environment

HOW: Simply submit a winning entry by following this link


The Strata Clean Tech Award Competition challenges students and faculty from accredited colleges and universities in the Southeast United States to develop improvements to, or create efficiencies for:

  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Energy storage (including safety elements)
  • Energy markets
  • Energy efficiency


We are looking to reward early-stage ideas and technologies, whether you have achieved proof of concept or not.

Enter for a chance to promote your clean tech concept, plan, or invention and to win a $10,000 award!


Why Should You Enter?

  • To show the world that your school, and its students, are exceptional, creative, and committed to furthering the clean tech movement
  • To develop real-world solutions that can shape the future of clean-energy technology
  • To build valuable connections with industry professionals who can champion your ideas and your career



$10,000 and a trophy to be given to the individual or group entrant with the most promising idea in clean technology.



The Strata Clean Tech Award Competition begins on October 14, 2019 and ends on February 21, 2020. The deadline to submit an entry is January 10, 2020 at 4:00 pm Eastern Time.


Cost to Enter




Read the Official Strata Clean Tech Awards Rules and Regulations, here.

Download the Clean Tech Award Application, here.



Q: What materials should I expect to submit for my entry?

A: A completed and signed application as well as a description of the challenge you are addressing, your solution, and your solution’s impact on the environment and society. You may also provide drawing, photos, graphics, and/or models. (No software).


Q: Ours is a class project. If we win, whose name goes on the check?

A: Each winner will be presented with his or her own check for an equal share of the $10,000.


Q: Our professor shared an idea we think can win. Is he eligible to win the award?

A: Yes. The competition is open to students, faculty, administrators, and staff of accredited colleges and universities in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.


Q: How do I know that I’ll retain the rights to my idea or invention?

A: Entrants will retain all intellectual property rights to their ideas and inventions.  We ask only for the right to publicize the winner and the non-confidential aspects of the winning submission.  We understand that entrants may want to keep their ideas and inventions confidential for intellectual property reasons, and we will not disclose the portions of your submission that you identify as confidential.


Q: I need to be able to explain my idea verbally. Can I present my entry by phone or Skype?

A: Unfortunately, no. All submissions must be formatted as a written report.


Q: I used to attend University of Georgia until this summer when I transferred to University of Wisconsin. Can I still enter?

A: This competition is only available to students and faculty of accredited colleges and universities in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia who are attending their respective schools during October, November and December of 2019.




Strata Clean Tech Award Competition