Partnership & Co-Funding

Our firm belief in the power of invention to transform lives shapes Our Approach and guides Our Programs. But we also recognize that achieving our ambitious Program goals will require the engagement of others with common or complementary goals across the education, technology, and development spheres in order to build communities that can achieve impact in energizing the US economy and addressing global development needs.

We look to establish partnerships with other organizations that can accelerate and enhance our shared impact through co-funding of projects and programs, sharing of progress and ideas, supporting evidence generation and dissemination, and co-hosting of convenings and panels in order to:

  • Reach and inspire youth around their potential to improve lives through inventing
  • Bring invention, and the impact inventions can have when translated through innovation and entrepreneurship in to products, jobs and companies, into the national dialogue around STEM education, job creation, and the economy
  • Bring invention, and the impact inventions can have when translated through innovation and entrepreneurship in to products, jobs and companies on the needs and livelihoods of the poor, into the international dialogue on global development
  • Build and disseminate evidence documenting the impact of invention education, inventors, and invention-based businesses on the US economy.
  • Build and disseminate evidence on the power of invention to transform lives in the developing countries through the translation of inventions to products and businesses that address the needs and livelihoods of the poor
  • Cultivate programs that inspire or educate the next generation of inventor entrepreneurs or launch invention based businesses in support of strengthening the US economy or addressing the needs of the poor in developing countries
  • Identify best practices and ways to learn from our collective work

One recent example of this type of co-funding is a partnership established between The Lemelson Foundation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish the Xcelerator Training Program to help grantees in the USAID supported Grand Challenge program Saving Lives at Birth turn their inventive ideas into products that improve the lives of the world’s poorest populations.

Other funders interested in exploring potential partnerships should contact us at info@lemelson.org.

Students, educators, inventors and invention-based enterprises looking for funding support or other resources please see our How to Participate and Grantmaking Process pages.