The James Dyson Award, an annual engineering competition with a sustainability-focus run by Dyson’s charity, is now open and accepting submissions from young inventors with ideas to improve the planet.

Since 2005, the Award has challenged entrepreneurial undergraduates and recent graduates of engineering to tackle a global problem, from environmental issues to improving healthcare practices. To date, the competition has awarded 390 inventionswith prize money, and over 70%of past global winners are commercialising their winning inventions.

Dyson founder, Sir James Dyson said, “We are looking for young engineers who are hard-wired to solve problems sustainably, often using less energy and fewer materials, and who want to improve the world through their ideas.

“Young people have the ideas that can change things for the better, and they should be encouraged. The James Dyson Award gives them the platform to pursue their inventions, and I look forward to judging this year’s entries.”

Sir James Dyson chooses the competition’s global winners; they receive vital funding and high-profile recognition to help take their ideas into real life practical application.

Global winners receive $50,000 and national winners receive $8,800 to put towards the next phase of their invention’s development.

Each participating country and region will award a national winner and two national runners-up. The national winners are chosen by an external panel in collaboration with Dyson. Those that win a national accolade proceed to the international shortlist and awarding stages, where James Dyson selects his global winners.