Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

Award Amount: $500,000

Number of Awards: Not known

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Winner Announcement: January 19, 2018

Brief Description:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is pleased to announce Lemelson-MIT Student Prize to honor promising collegiate inventors around the country.This 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. It’s purpose to serve as an inspiration to young people, through their creativity, outreach or mentoring activities.

Host Institution:

The Lemelson Foundation was established in the early 1990s by prolific inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy. To date, the Foundation has made grants totaling over $200 million in support of its mission.


To be considered for an award, an application 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.
  • 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.

Instructions for Applying:

To apply, the candidates can enter online by submitting their email through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

Briefly, explain why your nominee should be recognized and rewarded. Summarize your nominee’s major technologically inventive accomplishments and why he/she is being nominated for the prize.

  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume: 5-page limit, 12-point font.
  • Patent Documentation (2 granted US patents): Two complete abstracts of granted patents for which the nominee is the primary inventor. Include patent number, title and authors listed in the order they appear.

Award Description:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will provide an award up to $500,000. The winner of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize will choose by two independent screening committees composed of MIT faculty review the nominations and select finalists for the prize.

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