Dear MIT INSPIRE Applicants, Parents, and Teachers,

We regret to inform you that we are cancelling the virtual round of MIT INSPIRE 2018. Despite our best efforts, we have not been able to recruit the necessary number of judges to evaluate submissions properly. As a result, we will neither be selecting winners nor releasing a list of finalists.

We are deeply sorry for the disappointment caused by this decision.  We know that many students have worked hard to prepare their projects for this year’s competition.  We also offer our apologies to the teachers who have incorporated the INSPIRE competition into their curriculum this year.

We are evaluating the reasons for this year’s difficulties.  We hope to be able to run the MIT INSPIRE competition next year, so please check back with us in the fall.



Dear MIT Inspire Applicants, Parents, and Teachers,

We would like to express our deepest apologies for the delay in releasing the list of finalists and the lack of communication on our part.

The MIT Inspire Team has encountered some logistical difficulties in the process of organising the final round of the competition this year, and regret to inform you that we will be unable to host the selected finalists to present their research projects in person this year.  Instead, we will be selecting winners based on the reports that the applicants have submitted so far. We aim to have the decisions released by May 1st, and those will be the final winners for each category and the overall winners of the competition.

Once again, we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.




March 16, 2018: We have received many inquiries recently from students, teachers, and parents regarding the 2018 MIT INSPIRE competition.  Thank you for your questions and comments.  We will post an announcement regarding the competition by next Monday, March 19, at the latest.

The Abstract and Report submission form has been published and can be found here.

Other forms have also been published and can be accessed through the Forms and Links page which can be found here.

We apologize for any inconvenience regarding the delay in Abstract/Report submission.

The MIT INSPIRE Team is currently waiting for legal approval of forms and their publication online. To compensate for such delays and acquiral of signatures, the deadlines for most forms, including the Abstract/Report, have been extended to January 19, 2018.

Thank you for your patience regarding the Intent to Participate Form which can be found here

Due to the delay, the deadline for the form has been extended to December 15, 2017.

We are pleased to be hosting INSPIRE 2018! The dates of the competition have been released on the Event Details page.
The Intent to Participate Form will be released soon. Please check back for more information.


Thank You For Another Successful Year Of MIT INSPIRE.



INSPIRE 2018 is just around the corner and we hope you're as excited as we are!
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