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The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD is one of the most important design prizes for students from all over the world, with about 10,000 submissions each year. Together with our sponsors, iF provides the platform for talented young designers and their future-oriented concepts. If you are also interested in supporting the young talents, click here.

The competition categories correspond to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. That’s the reason why we are looking for submissions that address the most pressing challenges facing our society.

Once the winners have been chosen and the prize money decided, all winning entries are published here on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.

The best entries win a share of prize money of EUR 50,000 (in total in 2021).

Entry guide

Categories | The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs are a key element of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015. They are understood as a universal call to action for emerging and developing countries as well as industrialized nations. What links them all is that they aim to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone and everywhere. At iF Design, it’s a matter of heart to create opportunities for social commitment. Since we very much respect the important work of the United Nations, we have adapted our iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD to the SDGs:

Important to know:

Important to know:

In 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.


2021 Sponsors

Dates and fees


14 Jul 2021

Registration deadline

August 2021

Jury session

September 2021

Information to the award winners

October 2021

Publication of the award winners


The participation in the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD is free of charge.

Benefits for winners

Evaluation criteria

Our newly developed scorecard will serve as the basis for the jury evaluation. The updated criteria will be used by the jurors to give scores to individual aspects of each entry.

iF DTA 2021_01 | iF scorecard - Example of Evaluation

The winners of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2021

The winners of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2021

View all winners of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2021 (Edition 01 from 25 May on and 02 in October) referring to the following Categories based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals at a glance:
01. No Poverty
02. Zero Hunger
03. Goood Health and Well-Being
04. Quality Education
05. Gender Equality
06. Clean Water and Sanitation
07. Affordable and Clean Energy
08. Decent Work and Economic Growth
09. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10. Reduced Inequalities
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
12. Responsible Consumption and Production
13. Climate Action
14. Life below Water
15. Life on Land

All award-winning concepts of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2021 will be exhibited at the iF design center Chengdu. The concepts of the first round will be exhibited from September to December 2021 and the concepts of the second round will be shown from January to April 2022.

Protect your rights

Students and recent graduates often find it difficult to protect their designs against copyright infringements. Therefore, we recommend the following institutions that can help you with protecting your designs, depending on country or region of origin.

Protection in Europe

The Trade Mark Designs and Registration Office of the European Union (OHIM), located in Alicante, Spain, offers effective protection against copyright infringement. As soon as your design is registered as a community design, it will be protected in each European Union member state.


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