Hosted by: Lemelson-MIT

The $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize recognizes individuals who translate their ideas into inventions that improve the world in which we live. The prize is awarded 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.

There are three stages to the nomination process:

  • Initial: The Initial Submission asks you to disclose your relationship to the nominee, for a brief statement that summarizes your nominee’s major technologically inventive accomplishments and why he/she is being nominated for the prize, 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.
  • First: Nominators whose nominees pass the Initial Submission review are asked to complete a First Submission.
  • Final Submissions: Nominators whose nominees pass the First Submission review are asked to develop a Final Submission.


  • Initial Submission: November 30, 2017
  • First Submission: January 19, 2018
  • Final Submission: April 27, 2018

For complete details on the selection process, eligibility, and nomination instructions, visit the Lemelson-MIT website