Invention is critical to the future we all want

Inspiring Invention

We believe invention is essential to the future we all want.

To get there we need to inspire future generations of inventors and support the systems that enable them to turn ideas into impact.

Our Approach

We showcase the importance of inventions in our lives and the need for inventors from diverse backgrounds to create a brighter future.

The Foundation supports:

  • Hands-on invention experiences that spark an interest in future inventing
  • Recognition awards for inventors at all stages, from youth to mid‑career
  • Media partnerships and programming focused on invention, technological innovation and scientific discovery
  • Ambassador program to showcase current inventors and inspire support for building invention ecosystems

Featured Grantee Profiles

February 1, 2019

Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center: Sparking interest in invention for students

June 18, 2019

Society for Science & the Public: Increasing access to invention experiences for middle school students

February 27, 2019

AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors: Showcasing inventors focused on today’s challenges