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
The awards include the following:
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 our 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