Nomination Deadline: November 30, 2017
The $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize recognizes individuals who translate their ideas into inventions that improve the world in which we live.
The Lemelson-MIT Prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors, who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adopted.
The Lemelson-MIT Prize seeks to highlight the pivotal role inventive activity plays in the achievement of positive social, cultural and economic goals. The objectives of the Lemelson-MIT Prize are to:
- recognize and reward America’s outstanding mid-career inventors
- celebrate individuals who enhance economic opportunity and community well-being through their inventive work and who have global perspective
- increase awareness and foster the work of inventors and the potential for commercialization and wider adoption of their inventions
- promote role models who can inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers
Candidates for the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize must:
- be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
- be mid-career, which is defined as having received their bachelor’s degree no more than twenty-five years ago. A nominee for the 2018 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize must have received their bachelor’s degree in 1993 or later.
- be the primary inventor of two or more granted U.S. patents, one of which is a product or process that has been commercialized or has potential or realized adoption
- serve as an inspiration to young people, through their creativity, outreach or mentoring activities
Candidates may be individuals or two collaborating inventors, and they must be nominated by one of their peers. Winners will be invited and encouraged to participate in Lemelson-MIT Program activities.
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