IRIC | INSPO Research and Innovation Fair

INSPO Research & Innovation Competition

NORTH AMERICA's Continental Science FAIR •  2020 VIRTUAL edition

Showcase your STEM project to industry leaders, established professors & other top youths in North America’s premier online science fair.

Projects created in previous years are accepted insomuch as the innovation, study, or experiment is still relevant to our society today.

Thank you to all who participated! 

We look forward to hosting an even more amazing event next yr.

PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY IN A

CONTINENTAL
COMPETITION.

INSPO RESEARCH AND INNOVATION COMPETITION (IRIC)

InspoScience Canada is a non-profit organization that spearheads the development of STEM-based education among Canadian students. 

In light of the current pandemic situation and widespread cancellations of science project competitions, invitations to scientific youths from across North America will be extended to compete in the 2020 edition of its virtual continental competition, the INSPO Research and Innovation Competition (IRIC), held this June & July.

Top 200 projects will be selected to participate in the 2020 edition of IRIC. Selected projects will be showcased in an online exhibition and compete for awards.

All students aged from 13-19, currently attending school in North America, and have a completed STEM project (alone or with one partner) are eligible to apply to and compete in IRIC. Applications will be open from June 01 to July 05, 2020.

COMPETE FOR COVETED

AWARDS

Through the generosity of our sponsors, IRIC 2020 will be delivering over $2,000,000 (CAD) in scholarships, and $30,000 (CAD) in value in awards, academic programs, internships, patent grants, trips to international science fairs, and other means.

Click here to view a full list of awards.

INTERNSHIP OFFERINGS

Receive offers to participate in paid internships & externships at STEM institutions and companies from across North America.

SPECIAL TRIP AWARDS

Get flown out to visit the Parliament of Canada in a fully paid, week-long program, or win a grant to file a patent for your project!

TEAM North america

Students are eligible to be selected and sponsored to represent North America at international competitions in South Korea, Spain, and the U.S.

SCIENTIFIC REVIEW COMMITTEE (SRC)

FEATURED EVALUATORS

Mo Abdolell
CEO, Densitas Inc.
Raymond Wang
ISEF 2015 Best-In-Fair, Harvard University
Robert J. Thacker
President, Canadian Astronomical Society
CEO, LeadSift Inc.
Tukan Das
Pawan Lingras
Innovation Garage Lead, IBM
Jennifer Payne
Sr. Epidemiologist, NS Health Authority
Thozamile Javu
Director of M.Sc. in Computing and Data Analytics, Saint Mary's University
Carlo Caradang
Vice-President, KARV Data Consulting Ltd.
Aaron Newman
Shehroz Khan
Scientist @ KITE, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute + Assistant Professor (Status) @ IBBME, UoT
Chair, Dept. of Psychology and
Neuroscience, Dalhousie University
Frank Gu
NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Nanotechnology Engineering
President, Mayan Technologies
Grant Betts
Ed Leach
CTO, VP of Operations, Mayan Technologies
John A. Ndukwe
Continuous Improvement Engineer,
IMP Aerospace & Defence
Sergio Prieto
Partner, Innovar Training and Consulting
Chantal Brine
CEO, En Point
Sidney Idemudia
Executive Director, Imhotep's Legacy Academy
Jess Tang
Outreach and Partnerships Lead (Program Director), Shad Canada
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ELIGIBILITY and Selection

To be eligible to apply to and compete in IRIC, the following criteria must be met: 

  • Be 13-19 years of age as of June 01, 2020
  • Be a grade 8-12 student at a school in North America
  • Have worked on the project alone or with maximum 1 partner
  • Submit your online application to IRIC by July 5, 2020

With funding and support from public and private corporations, institutions, and governmental organizations, it will be free of charge to apply to and compete in IRIC 2020.

Round 1: all students who meet the above requirements are eligible to apply to IRIC 2020. Applicants will be notified of their application status in June. 

Round 2: from all applicants, 200 top projects will be selected to participate in IRIC 2020, compete for awards, and exhibit on the IRIC platform. Their projects will be judged based on submitted materials and several rounds of video interviews. Award recipients will be announced through a virtual ceremony at the closing of IRIC.

Click here to view the full timeline and guidelines.

The IRIC online application will require the submission of the following items: 

  • A short abstract of your project (250 words max.)
  • A 5-20 page scientific report of your project (additional pages may be used for appendix and references).
  • A 1-2 minute video summary of your project.
  • A head shot picture of you.
  • OPTIONAL: Additional material (photos, charts, logbooks, etc.).
Want to KNOW how judging works?

age groups

IRIC 2020 will have two age groups: junior and senior. Projects in each age group will be competing for their respective INSPO Prime Awards and INSPO Merit Awards; senior projects will also be competing for the INSPO Category Awards. Both junior & senior projects who meet specific criteria defined by our sponsors are eligible for the INSPO Sponsored Awards.

  • If you are attending grade 8-10 during the 2019-2020 school year, your project will be placed in the junior age group.
  • If you are attending grade 11-12 during the 2019-2020 school year, your project will be placed in the senior age group.

Project categories

Categories help us better assign judges to your project. You will choose which one of the following four categories you wish to enter on your IRIC application.

TechNOLOGY

BioLOGY

Environment

Physical sciences

SPONSORS and PARTNERS



Sponsoring Affiliations
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GLOBAL Partners
Supporting organizations
Organized with ❤️ by fellow high school students

 Contact us at iric@insposcience.ca.