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Inspiring Invention and Innovation

The Lemelson-MIT Program is dedicated to supporting and encouraging invention and innovation. In addition to our acclaimed awards, we inspire students and rising inventors through various outreach initiatives, including rich educational materials and innovative grants for high school students.


EurekaFest is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving.

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. The InvenTeam initiative aims to inspire a new generation of inventors. Teachers may apply online.
INVENTION: Enhancing inventiveness for quality of life, competitiveness, and sustainability is a report by the Committee for the Study of Invention, sponsored by the Lemelson-MIT Program and the National Science Foundation. It is based on an invention study undertaken by 56 leading scholars and practitioners during a series of five workshops in 2003. The report was released April 23, 2004, at the Invention Assembly in Washington, D.C.
Invention Index is an annual survey that gauges Americans' perceptions about invention and innovation across varied topics such as education, creativity, and policy.
IDEAS Forward is a biannual e-newsletter, which features stories about award winners and grantees, in addition to opportunities and events for the inventive community.
Inventor's Handbook is the essential guide for independent inventors and entrepreneurs. It includes information on applying for patents, protecting intellectual property, commercializing ideas, and raising capital.
Inventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse celebrates the best of American ingenuity and inventiveness through in-depth profiles on 35 American inventors (published in December 2001, by The MIT Press).
The Lemelson-MIT Program partnered with The Boy Scouts of America to create the Inventing merit badge. The merit badge is designed to encourage Boy Scouts to be inventive and solve real-world problems and provide them an understanding of the impact and importance of inventive thinking and doing.
The MIT International Development Initiative (IDI) expands opportunities that enable MIT faculty and students to work in international development and share their technical expertise and problem-solving abilities. The Lemelson-MIT Program supports international development classes (D-Lab) and associated field trips.
The MIT IDEAS Competition encourages teams to develop and implement projects that make a positive change in the world by awarding cash and development grants to further their endeavors. Amy Smith, 2000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winner, and Sally Susnowitz, MIT Public Service Center director, initiated the competition in 2001. The Lemelson-MIT Program sponsors the International Technology Awards and also funds competition operations.
2.009 Product Engineering Processes is a course at MIT in which student teams design and build working alpha prototypes for new products, within budget guidelines. The Lemelson-MIT Program sponsors project budgets for the teams and provides resources for students to experience hands-on learning.