Monday, September 24, 2007

Cash Awards for Practical Invention That Improves Lives and Sustainability

From The Foundation Center...

Lemelson-MIT Program Seeks Nominees for Prize for Invention and Award for Sustainability

Deadline: November 2, 2007

The Lemelson-MIT Program ( ) is accepting nominations for the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, a cash award for invention in the United States, and 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 Lemelson-MIT Prize recognizes individuals who turn their ideas into inventions that improve the world. The 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. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and owners of two U.S. patents, one of which is a product or process that provides a significant benefit (potential or realized) to society. Candidates must be inventors in one (or more) of the following categories: medicine and health care, computers and telecommunications, consumer products, energy and environment, or industrial products. The 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. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or foreign nationals currently working legally in the United States who have created a product, process, or material; made a technology more affordable; redesigned a system; or otherwise demonstrated remarkable technological inventiveness in addressing local or global sustainability in the U.S. Nominees should be working in an area that ultimately improves the quality of air, water, or soil; or pertains to health, energy, agriculture, shelter, biodiversity, or ecosystem management. Candidates may be individuals or two collaborating inventors, and they must be nominated by one of their peers.

More information about the awards, as well as nomination forms, are available at the Lemelson-MIT Web site.

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