Assistance for inventors from companies and non-governmental organizations.
The Lemelson-MIT Awards For Invention and Innovation
- The Lemelson-MIT Awards honor both established and rising inventors for their ingenuity, creativity and contribution to invention and innovation. The awards recognize the profound impact that inventors can have on economic and social well-being.
The awards include the following:
The $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize
- honors outstanding mid-career inventors dedicated to improving our world through technological invention and innovation.
The $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability
- recognizes and supports inventors working to safeguard the well-being of our communities and planet.
The $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
- honors promising young inventors studying at MIT.
- The Lemelson-MIT Program funds three additional student prizes to recognize students who demonstrate remarkable inventiveness:
$30,000 Lemelson-Rensselaer Student Prize at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute;
$30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize
- at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and
$30,000 Lemelson-Caltech Student Prize
- at the California Institute of Technology. Each student prize is administered by its respective school.
- are grants that support a non-competitive, team-based approach to foster inventiveness among high school students. This initiative evolved from the Program's High School Invention Apprenticeship, granted annually from 1998 through 2002.
- Bestowed annually, the Lemelson-MIT Awards were first presented in 1995. They are part of a comprehensive program administered by the Lemelson-MIT Program and established by the Lemelson Foundation to raise the stature of inventors and to inspire invention among young people. Find out about previous recipients at the Winners Circle.
- The Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability has replaced the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program from 1995-2006. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognized outstanding individuals whose pioneering spirit and inventiveness throughout their careers have improved our society and inspired others.
American Association of Engineering Societies
- An organization representing the interests of engineers and dedicated to improving public awareness of the profession.
Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics
- A science, engineering and math advocacy mentoring program that partners mentors with girls 6-12 yrs. old.
California Energy Commission
- A small grant program supported by the California Energy Commission that provides up to $75,000 to conduct research for innovative energy concepts in California.
The Collegiate Inventors Competition
- International competition awarding cash prizes to the year's most outstanding innovations, discoveries and research by college students.
The DaVinci Institute
- An overview of the DaVinci Institute, a non-profit think tank in Colorado, dedicated to creating the future through tangible results, one invention at a time.
Dropping in a Microgravity Environment
- A NASA sponsored competition, in which students compete for a chance to conduct experiments in a microgravity experiment at the NASA Glen Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network
- GWIIN is an international organization that celebrates exceptional inventions and innovations by women. This site includes information about its annual conference, and its award winners and their inventions.
- Inspiring and informative invention site from the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Inventors Association of New England
- A group of New England based inventors providing guidance for other area inventors.
MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition
- An MIT competition that awards $100,000 to outstanding teams of student entrepreneurs who submitted business plans for new ventures showing significant business potential.
MIT Enterprise Forum
- Educates entrepreneurs about new ventures and early stage management through a series of executive education programs.
National Science Foundation
- United States government agency devoted to promoting the progress of science and discovery via funding opportunities and resources.
- National Academy of Engineering site to promote and explore technical literacy.
The United Inventors Association
- The UIA is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and support to inventor groups and independent inventors, as well as those who support the inventor community. This is a comprehensive site that really covers all aspects of the invention process.
U.S. Department of Energy: Inventions & Innovation
- The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Inventions and Innovation (I&I) offers financial & technical support to inventors & businesses for promising energy saving concepts & technologies.
WITI (Women in Technology International)
- An empowering organization for leading women in technology, featuring a Web "Hall of Fame" and the online magazine Fast track.
Young Inventors International
- The non-profit organization, Young Inventors International, provides resources to help bring new ideas and technologies to the market, for a network of innovators under the age of 35.