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Nomination Submission Instructions

There are three stages to the nomination process: Initial Registration and Submission, First Submission, and Final Submission.

Reviews are conducted between the Initial Registration and First Submission stages to determine if your nomination will proceed.

Following is a description of each stage of the nomination process and deadlines for the current cycle:

Initial Registration and Submission
Deadline: Friday, November 22, 2013

The Initial Registration phase is comprised of the online Nomination Registration form, which requests basic information about your nominee and is submitted online, and the Initial Submission Form which asks you to disclose your relationship to your nominee, for a brief statement that summarizes your nominee’s major technological inventive accomplishments and why he/she is being nominated for the prize (please refer to our Definition of Technological Invention), the nominee’s CV (five pages maximum), and requires patent abstracts (patent number, title, and authors) on at least two patents for which your nominee is the lead inventor.

The Initial Submission Form is downloaded as a .docx from the Lemelson-MIT Program website Initial Submission Form and should be emailed as a .pdf to lemelson_awards@mit.edu.

Explanation of Initial Submission Form Sections
Nominator Disclosure Form
The nominator disclosure form helps to validate the nominator’s knowledge of the nominee, create greater transparency for review, and ensure greater uniformity in the interpretation of nominee and nominator relationships on the part of Lemelson-MIT Prize reviewers.

Inventor Profile Summary
Explain why the candidate should be recognized and rewarded. Summarize the candidate's major technologically inventive accomplishments and why he/she is being nominated for the prize. (Please refer to the Definition of Technological Invention).

Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Please limit the length to five pages and summarize when necessary.

Patent Documentation
Submit two full patent abstracts. The nominee must be the primary inventor. Each patent abstracts must include the patent number, title and authors (list authors in the order in which they appear on the patent documentation).

First Submission
Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2014

Nominators whose nominees pass the Initial Submission review are asked to complete a First Submission.

The First Submission includes a Nominee Biography, a Description of Technological Inventiveness, and a Statement of Commercialization/Potential or Realized Adoption of the Nominee’s Inventions.

The First Submission Form is downloaded as a .docx from the Lemelson-MIT Program website First Submission Form and emailed as a .pdf to lemelson_awards@mit.edu.

Explanation of First Submission Form Sections
Biography
Explain what distinguishes the candidate. Provide a narrative description that highlights the candidate’s major accomplishments, including important experiences, awards, recognitions, publications, copyrights, trademarks, and invited lectures and conferences.

Description of Technological Inventiveness
Expand upon the nominee’s major technological invention(s): Explain what they are, and why they are significant. Describe how the candidate's inventive accomplishments have had or could have a beneficial impact upon society. Describe how the prize could potentially enhance the candidate's inventive work. (Please refer to Definition of Technological Invention).

Statement of Commercialization/Potential or Realized Adoption of Inventions
Please describe how the nominee's inventions have been commercialized for broader use or have the potential to be adopted for wider dissemination.

Final Submission
Deadline: Friday, April 17, 2014

Nominators whose nominees pass the First Submission review are asked to develop a Final Submission.

The Final Submission includes three letters of recommendation, of which one must be from the nominator. Nominators should identify and reach-out to potential letter of support writers early in the nomination process.

Also included in the Final Submission are a description of the nominee’s Youth Outreach Interest and Experience, links to videos of recent public presentations of the nominee about his/her work, and materials that support the nominee’s achievements, such as professional articles and press clippings.

The Final Submission is downloaded as a .docx from the Lemelson-MIT Program website Final Submission and emailed as a .pdf to lemelson_awards@mit.edu.

Explanation of Final Submission Form Sections

Recommendations
Three letters of recommendation are required, of which one must be submitted by the nominator. The recommendation should address but need not be limited to the candidate’s strengths as an inventor and as an inventor role model; an assessment of the value of the inventor’s contributions to his/her field; and a specific description of differentiating characteristics that help to set the candidate apart from other inventors in his/her field.

Recommenders should describe their affiliation with the candidate and specifically disclose any material relationships to the candidate (e.g., co-investor, current business partner, former business partner, etc.).

The letters should also be on official letterhead or otherwise state the recommender’s full name, title, employer, department, address, email address, telephone and fax number. Each letter should not exceed two pages.

In addition to the letters of recommendation, please provide the names and contact information for at least one and up to three current mentees of the candidate. Mentees may be undergraduate or graduate student advisees if the candidate is in academia, youth (under age 25) in the community if the candidate is involved with volunteer or community service, or interns at a company at which the candidate plays an active role, or any combination thereof. Mentees may be contacted for confidential input.

Youth Outreach Interest and Experience
Describe ways the candidate has participated or shown an interest in youth outreach. Explain why the candidate might be an exemplary role model for young people. If the candidate is an academic, please describe outreach activities that reach beyond the typical responsibilities of a faculty member (e.g., student advising).

Video Links and Other Supporting Materials
Links to videos of recent public presentations of the nominee about his/her work, and materials that support the nominee’s achievements, such as professional articles and press clippings. Please limit the length to ten pages and summarize when necessary.

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