Lemelson-MIT Prize for Technological Inventions

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.

Prize objectives:

  • 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


  1. Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  2. Be mid-career, which is defined as having received their bachelor’s degree no more than twenty-five years post undergraduate degree from the year of the award
  3. Be the primary inventor of two or more U.S. patents, one of which is a product or process that has been commercialized or has potential or realized adoption
  4. Serve as an inspiration to young people, through their creativity, outreach or mentoring activities
  5. 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.

Check the Lemelson-MIT Prize website for infromation about upcoming deadlines. 

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