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Invention Connections—Contests, Organizations and Grants

American Association of Engineering Societies
An organization representing the interests of engineers and dedicated to improving public awareness of the profession.

AWSEM (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 innoviations, 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, OH.

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.

Invent Now
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
The MIT Enterprise Forum educates entrepreneurs about new ventures and early-stage management through a series of executive education programs.

National Academy of Engineering
The National Academy of Engineering salutes leaders in engineering for their lifetime dedication to their field and their commitment to advancing the human condition through great engineering achievement and/or through innovation in engineering and technology education.

National Science Foundation
United States government agency devoted to promoting the progress of science and discovery via funding opportunities and resources.

Technically Speaking
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 Fasttrack.

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.


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