Lemelson-MIT Program seeks nominees for prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize and Award for Sustainability

By | August 03, 2007
The Lemelson-MIT Program is now accepting nominations for the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, the most prestigious cash award for invention in the United States. The Lemelson-MIT Program is also accepting nominations for the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability, which supports individuals whose inventions enhance economic opportunities and societal well-being in developing and/or developed countries, while protecting and restoring the natural environment. The deadline for nominations is November 2, 2007.

"The Lemelson-MIT Program has long honored the unsung heroes who have improved our lives through invention. We are proud to continue this tradition, with an additional focus on sustainability and role models who inspire the inventive spirit in youth. We are excited to receive nominations for our 2008 awards," said Joshua Schuler, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The prestigious $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize recognizes individuals who turn their ideas into inventions that improve the world. Dubbed the "Oscar for Inventors," the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which could be or has been adopted for practical use.

The $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability is presented to inventors whose products or processes are viable and sustainable, and have high potential to improve the quality of life for future generations. The award serves to increase awareness of local or global sustainability issues and inventors working in these critical areas, and also supports continued inventive work of these individuals.

Candidates for both awards are nominated. More information about the awards, as well as nomination applications, is currently available at http://web.mit.edu/invent/. The deadline for nominations is November 2, 2007. Both winners will be announced in spring 2008.

About the Lemelson-MIT Program
The Lemelson-MIT Program recognizes outstanding inventors, encourages sustainable new solutions to real-world problems, and enables and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. Jerome H. Lemelson, one of the world's most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the non-profit Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. More information is available online at http://web.mit.edu/invent.
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