The National Children Innovation challenge (NCIC)

The National Children Innovation Challenge is a unique initiative by GUSEC and UNICEF to identify the best young innovators in India. It aims to scout for innovative ideas by school going children that solve the problems related to or inline with the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Application for the National Children Innovation Challenge is now closed as of March 31, 2023

Introduction to NCIC

The National Children Innovation Challenge (NCIC) is an extension of the Children Innovation Festival (CIF), an initiative of GUSEC & UNICEF to identify, nurture and support children-led innovations in the state of Gujarat. The CIF, in its two editions, brought about 2088 applications by 3114 children across 29 states of the country into the fold of innovation, with children as young as 7-year-olds submitting their ideas.


Based on the tremendous success of the CIF and the enthusiastic response of children, we decided to open the platform to a bigger audience, giving more children the opportunity to ideate and solve problems of the contemporary world.

Benefits of NCIC

Up to 2-year Incubation support

Upto ₹ 2.5 Lakhs in grants

Mentorship, guidance and networking


Access to government grants & funds