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Lemelson Prize nominations open

SPIE Newsroom
11 August 2011

The Lemelson Foundation, dedicated to raising the stature of inventors and inspiring invention among young people, is accepting nominations until 4 October 2011 for two prestigious prizes.

Nominations are open for the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, which recognizes individuals who translate their ideas into inventions and innovations that improve the world in which we live.

Dubbed the "Oscar for Inventors," 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. By recognizing and funding younger, mid-career inventors, the prize is designed to spur inventive careers and provide role models for future generations of inventors.

Also open for nominations is the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation, recognizing individuals whose technological innovations improve the lives of impoverished people in the developing world. The recipient will work in the area of basic human needs (food, shelter, water, etc.) and the prize is intended to increase youth interest in the challenges facing developing countries and the role of invention in addressing those challenges. This newly renamed award was formerly known as the Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability.

Nomination information and forms are available online at http://web.mit.edu/invent/a-main.html

The Lemelson Foundation also awards $30,000 student prizes annually to students at MIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and California Institute of Technology. The application period for these prizes begins in September and the due date is in December.