2019 Lemelson-MIT Prize

Fri, Nov 30, 2018, 5:00 pm
Natural Sciences


Each year, the Lemelson-MIT Program awards the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize to outstanding mid-career inventors who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adopted.


Candidates must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Be mid-career, which is defined as having received a bachelor’s degree within 25 years. A nominee for the 2019 Lemelson-MIT Prize must have received her/his bachelor's degree in 1994 or later.
  • Be named on two or more granted U.S. patents, one of which is a product or process that has been commercialized or has potential or realized adoption. Note: While the program requires two patents to be eligible, on average the winners have at least ten.
  • Serve as an inspiration to young people, through their creativity, outreach, or mentoring activities.

Candidates may be individuals or two collaborating inventors, and they must be nominated by one of their peers. Winners will be invited and encouraged to participate in Lemelson-MIT Program activities.


$500,000 prize.

Nomination & Selection Process:

  • Candidates must be nominated by a peer.
  •  Nominations are made via the online SlideRoom portal, which can be accessed by clicking the “Nominate” button on the Lemelson-MIT Prize website. Note that one person may be the nominator, and a designee may actually fill out the nomination information.
  • There are three rounds to the nomination process: First, Second and Final Submissions. The First Round Submission Form has four sections—Nominator Disclosure Form, Inventor Profile Summary, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, and Patent Documentation.

Reviews will be conducted between the First and Second Submission stages to determine if your nomination will proceed. A small number of nominations will progress to the Final Submission, which includes two letters of recommendation in addition to the nominator's. Nominators should identify and reach-out to potential letter writers early in the nomination process but not secure the letters unless their nominee is advanced to the Final Submission stage.

A screening committee composed of MIT affiliates reviews all nominations and selects finalists. A national jury of experts from science, engineering, medicine, technology and business then selects the winner from the finalist pool.

The Lemelson-MIT Program contact person is Betsy Boyle, 617-253-3490, betsyb@mit.edu.

Due Dates:

  • First Round submissions are due from nominators by November 30, 2018.
  • Nominators whose nominees pass the First Round eligibility requirements will be notified by early-December 2018 and will be asked to complete a Second Round submission by January 18, 2019.
  • Nominators whose nominees pass the Second Round submission review will be notified by March 20, 2019 and will be asked to develop a Final Round submission that is due by April 26, 2019.
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