Bell Labs Prize 2022

There are only a few innovations that will profoundly shape the way we live, work and communicate. Is your innovation one of them?


The Bell Labs Prize 2022 process is complete, and winners announced. Please check back in 2023 for details on the Bell Labs Prize 2023 process and timeline.

The prize

Every year we award the Bell Labs Prize to an innovator that we believe will lay the foundations of the next technology revolution and in the process, manifestly change the way we live, work and communicate. If you have an inventive new idea and proof of concept and are interested in developing it further with leading Nokia Bell Labs researchers, you’ve come to the right place.

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The process

The competition is open to anyone in any of the participating countries. Contestants must own their ideas and meet the eligibility requirements.

The deadline to enter the contest was April 22, 2022.

Register and submit your idea in 250 words or less. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach additional documentation. If your innovation is among the top 20 submissions, we’ll invite you to work with one of our researchers to refine the proposition to maximize the potential impact.

To learn more read the terms and conditions.

The awards

Nokia Bell Labs awards a first prize of $100K, a second prize of $50K and a third prize of $25K, all paid directly to prize winners.

All three winners are also considered for the unique opportunity to work within the world-renowned Nokia Bell Labs to further explore their ideas, following the end of the competition.


Timeline and key dates

The Bell Labs Prize application launches on February 14 of 2022. Register and submit your proposal by April 22 of 2022 for a chance to win up to $100K and to work with one of our researchers to refine the proposition to maximize the potential impact.

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Eligibility requirements

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Own their ideas
  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Possess a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree
  • Employees, partners, and consultants of Sponsor and its affiliates and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the Contest
  • Interns employed by Nokia or Nokia Bell Labs or their affiliates are eligible to participate
  • Teams of up to four are allowed to participate, provided each member of the team meets the full eligibility requirements
  • Reside in one of the following countries:

United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada (except Quebec), China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom

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The rules

This prize is open to all eligible applicants who register and submit proposals in the general areas of information and communications technologies. Applicants who apply have to acknowledge that they have read, understood, and agree to the Terms and Conditions. If the applicant wants to include team members then all team members (team size is maximum of four) have to register and accept the Terms and Conditions. If you have questions, please contact us.

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