The international competition is open to university-level students of product design, industrial design and engineering, as well as graduates within four years of graduation.
The winner will receive £10 000 to develop their invention and an additional £10 000 will go to their university department.
The 2011 James Dyson Award was won by Australian industrial design student Edward Linacre, who developed the Airdrop system to irrigate crops in arid areas.
The deadline for this year’s award is 2 August and the international winner will be announced on 8 November.
For more information and to enter, visit www.jamesdysonfoundation.org.
James Dyson says, ‘Original ideas and rigorously engineered projects will attract the attention of the judges. I challenge applicants to think big and use the award as a springboard for your idea.’