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Innovative Research and Invention Competition (IRIC)

This competition provides high school students with a platform to showcase unique ideas addressing real-world challenges and unleashing problem-solving skills. We encourage students to be involved in interdisciplinary learning, offer them extensive academic and research resources, and shape them into future innovative leaders! Fill out this registration form to participate in IRIC!

Competition introduction

The Fu-SAC-IRIC competition is an innovative research competition organized by Future Science Scholars Organization (FuSSO). The competition aims to stimulate innovative thinking among contestants, cultivate contestants' ability to use theoretical knowledge to create practical applications solving social problems, and give high school students a platform to showcase their unique ideas. The competition will provide students with an open platform and extensive resources, which encourages students to learn interdisciplinary theoretical knowledge, use their strategies to face real-world challenges, solve urgent social problems, and meet urgent human needs in creative ways. Such competition can not only influence the way contestants view and solve problems, but also shape the leadership capabilities of future innovators and cultivate talents who are brave enough to explore the unknown.

Date and Location

Competition Dates: 4/1/2024 - 9/1/2024

Competition Location: Online

Target Contestants Group

High school students in North America regions (2-4)

Competition Theme


Each team will choose a topic from following:

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning:

  • Exploring the Potential of Artificial Intelligence in Achieving a Zero-Waste Society

Sustainable Energy:

  • Next-Generation Energy Conversion Technologies: Beyond the Boundaries of Solar and WindPower

Robotics and Mechanics:

  • Developing Robotic Solutions for Environmental Cleanup and Conservation


  • The Application and Ethical Considerations of Gene Editing Technology in Enhancing Agricultural Sustainability

Material Science:

  • Advancements in Sustainable Materials for Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Consumer Products

Smart Cities and Transportation:

  • Integrating IoT and Big Data for Adaptive Management Systems of Urban Infrastructure


  • The Prospects of Nanotechnology in Environmental Pollution Control and Resource Recovery

Social Science:

  • The Impact of Social Behavior in the Digital Age on Sustainable Development Strategies

Competition Process
  • Before April 1: Contestants form teams and familiarize themselves with the competition rules, procedures, scoring criteria, and other relevant details.

  • April 1 - April 20:

    • Participating teams submit their topic and its outline to mentors.

    • They receive professional advice and ratings (Stage 1).

  • April 20 - July 10:

    • Teams conduct academic research and complete the writing of the first draft paper.

    • They submit this draft to their mentor for professional advice and a rating (Stage 2).

  • July 10 - July 30:

    • Participating teams submit the second draft paper to their mentors.

    • They receive further professional advice and ratings (Stage 3).

  • August 5:

    • Teams submit the final draft paper, the PDF version of the display board, its explanation video, slides, and other auxiliary materials.

  • August 5 - August 20:

    • Public judges (Stage 4) and professional judges (Stage 5) score the submissions.

    • Teams canvass for votes while preparing for their final presentations.

  • August 21:

    • Teams give their final presentations, showcasing their research outcomes.

  • August 22 - August 26:

    • The organizing committee evaluates all scores received by each team.

  • August 27:

    • The Award Ceremony takes place, celebrating the achievements of the participants.

Prize Settings

First place (one group): Award certificate,  display on official website, free paper revision guidance and publication by JOSER, free opportunity to participate in Fu-Lab (free tutor leadership, opportunity for recommendation letters), patent application assistance (if the research includes related innovative inventions product)

Second place (three groups): Award certificate, display on official website, free paper revision guidance and publication by JOSER, free opportunity to participate in Fu-Lab (free mentorship, and opportunity for recommendation letters)

Third place (five groups): Award certificate, display on official website, JOSER free paper revision guidance and publication

Excellence Award (five groups): Award certificate, display on official website

Best Influence Award: Award certificate, display official website

Registration and Eligibility

Registration requirements: High school students who are fluent in English

Registration fee: 90% internal reduction for the first session

Registration method: Website

Notification of qualifications and related information: official website and group chats on various platforms (WeChat group, RED group)

Judges and Rating

Judges team (undergraduate and graduate students)

The judge committee consists of:

Boston University, University of North Carolina, Pennsylvania State University, University of California, San Diego, University College London, Galway University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, China University of Political Science and Law, Washington University, Monash University, University of Toronto, University of Toronto (Mississauga), Fudan University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong, China), Columbia University, Haverford College, University of California, Los Angeles, New York University, University of California, Merced, National University of Singapore, Johns Hopkins University of Melbourne, University of Melbourne


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