HH Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and chairman of the Sharjah Executive Council, launched the $27,227 (AED100k) Sharjah Innovation Award in November.
Prize money will be divided among three winners.
The award aims to shift the concept of innovation from a performance-based narrative confined to industry, technology, and electronic services, to a broader lifestyle approach embraced by everyone in the scientific, societal, environmental, and commercial spheres, according to the UAE's state-run news agency.
The competition is open to students from higher education, government, semi-government and private institutions.
Applications need to pass a jury review and Sharjah's Higher Committee will decide the shortlisted participants, who will be informed by 23 January, 2020.
The top three winners will be declared in February during UAE Innovation Month 2020.
The closing date for submissions is 15 December.