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Nokia Bell Labs Prize 2021

Nokia Bell Labs Prize 2021 (prize up to $100,000)

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Applications are open for Nokia Bell Labs Prize 2021. Each year, the Bell Labs Prize recognizes game-changing innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Geared toward innovative proposals that look to solve broader societal and humanistic challenges, 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 and Nokia Bell Labs will help you invent it with cash prizes that can help propel your idea forward. In addition, all three winners are considered for opportunities to work alongside Nokia Bell Labs researchers to further explore their ideas.

The competition is open to anyone in the participating countries who meets the eligibility requirements. From the hundreds of applications we receive, five and seven finalists are selected to compete for three prizes in mid-November in front of a panel of renowned experts and industry leaders.


  • 1st Prize: $100K
  • 2nd Prize: $50K
  • 3rd prize: $25K

The Nokia Bell Labs Prize amount will be paid directly to the prize winners. During the final stage, Nokia will assign a Nokia Bell Labs Research Partner (BLRP) to help you strengthen your proposal to maximize your chances of winning the prize. Your proposal will be judged based on a credible proof-of-concept or set of results that validate the full potential of the innovation.


Nokia Bell Labs Prize is open to all eligible applicants who register and submit proposals in the general areas of information and communications technologies. Teams of up to four members are allowed to participate, provided each member of the team meets the eligibility requirements.

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 employee

Eligible Areas

Candidate must reside in one of the following countries:

United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada (except Quebec), China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline14 May,2021
Open toAll



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