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CITRIS Aviation Prize: RFP opens

Celebrate National Aviation Day on August 19, 2021 by signing up for the first-ever CITRIS Aviation Prize!

Created in collaboration with the Institute for Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley, this competition challenges student teams to design, develop and demonstrate a long-distance, fully autonomous flight with a small UAV. We invite student teams from our four CITRIS campuses – UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz – to compete. The winning proposal will be recognized with the first CITRIS Aviation Design Prize, including a $2,000 cash award and up to $25,000 to demonstrate the actual flight in Spring 2022.


  • Team Registration Open: Aug. 19, 2021, to Oct. 15, 2021
  • Proposal Submissions Due: Nov. 19, 2021
  • Proposal Winner Announced: Dec. 17, 2021
  • Winning Flight Plan Executed by End of Academic Year: Spring 2022

Learn more & register on the CITRIS Aviation Prize webpage.

CITRIS Aviation Prize 2021