News Releases
June 1, 2016

1 June 2016 – First piloted in 2013, The AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program has served as a platform for inventors to demonstrate their role as change agents in society and as problem solvers.  Since its inception, there have been two classes and 14 Ambassadors selected that meet the program’s’ vision to “showcase the human face of inventors in order to inspire, inform and influence thought leaders and global community.”

Today, we announce the 2016-2017 Class of Invention Ambassadors who will:      

  • Inspire a new and diverse generation of inventors dedicated to solving difficult global challenge.
  • Inform on the components needed to create inventions that sustainably solve global problem
  • Influence policy makers, thought leaders & public 
News Releases
May 24, 2016

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 24, 2016 – The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced the hire of Dr. Stephanie Couch as executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. Couch brings 16 years of experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education policy, research, development and deployment and strategic fundraising. In her new role, she will oversee the development and growth of partnerships and guide Lemelson-MIT’s prestigious invention award and grant programs. 

News Releases
May 18, 2016

The Lemelson Foundation, Intel Sponsor Middle and High School Engineering and Science Competition

Portland, OR—May 18, 2016—More than 350 young inventors from five school districts in Portland Metro and Salem will show their mettle as prospective future engineers, inventors, and scientists during the Oregon MESA Day Middle and High School Engineering and Science competition.  The one-day event will take place at Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Ballroom on Friday, May 20 from 9:30am to 2:00 p.m

News Releases
May 10, 2016

Portland, OR – May 10, 2016 – The Lemelson Foundation, the world’s leading funder of invention in service of social and economic change, today announced it will add three new members to its Advisory Committee.


The new advisors are: Mir Imran, the founder of InCube Labs and a respected healthcare entrepreneur and inventor; Kara Miller, the host and executive editor of Public Radio International’s Innovation Hub; and Richard K. Miller, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and President of Olin College of Engineering

News Releases
May 5, 2016

Rensselaer receives $500,000 gift from The Lemelson Foundation to honor and memorialize legendary teacher and mentor with state-of-the-art studio for student inventors and entrepreneurs


Troy, NY – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., has announced that the Institute has received a significant gift from The Lemelson Foundation to establish the Burt Swersey Inventor’s Studio, reinforcing the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs. The studio will be formerly dedicated on Friday, May 6, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the Rensselaer campus.

News Releases
April 12, 2016

Students recognized for inventive solutions to challenges in health care, transportation, food and agriculture, and consumer devices

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 12, 2016 – The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced the winners of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, a nationwide search for the most inventive college students. The Lemelson-MIT Program awarded $90,000 in prizes to collegiate inventors. Each winning team of undergraduates received $10,000, and each graduate student winner received $15,000. The winners of this year’s competition were selected from a diverse and highly-competitive applicant pool of students from 77 colleges and universities across the country.

News Releases
February 25, 2016

Free Invention Activity Guides Available to Educators Nationwide to Bring Hands-on Learning to the Classroom

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., February 25, 2016 – The Lemelson–MIT Program announced today the expansion of the Junior Varsity (JV) InvenTeam™ initiative, adding California to its geographic line up of student teams in Massachusetts, Oregon and Texas. The initiative launched in 2014 and equips educators with invention-based activity guides, materials and tools to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through hands-on skill building. JV InvenTeam activity guides are available for any educator to download here

News Releases
February 9, 2016

Society for Science & the Public receives funding for article series on innovation 

Washington, D.C. February 9, 2016- Society for Science & the Public received a $94,928 grant from The Lemelson Foundation to expand innovation and invention initiatives aimed primarily at middle school students. This funding will support the development of an 18-article series, published in Science News for Students (SNS), each year from 2016 through 2018. Focusing on innovation and invention, this series is designed to further inspire young minds to impact the world through science and engineering. A resource for students, parents and educators, SNS is a free online publication that connects the latest in scientific research on multiple topics to both in and out-of-classroom learning.

News Releases
January 18, 2016

New Rs 40 crore impact investment fund for early-stage social enterprises working in education, health, agri, energy in India; up to Rs 4 crore funding per startup

January 18, 2016 (Bangalore, India): Menterra Venture Advisors announced the launch of the Menterra Social Impact Fund I, at an exclusive event for key stakeholders in the impact investment space today. The event provided a platform to offer an overview of the impact investment landscape in India and introduce the fund and its goals to the investment and entrepreneurial community in India.

News Releases
October 23, 2015

On September 18, 2015, more than 300 of The Lemelson Foundation’s partners and peers gathered in Washington, DC. It was an opportunity to celebrate the Foundation's 20th Anniversary and to share a vision for ways invention can ignite change in the future. The day-long event paid honor to the enduring legacy of our founder Jerome Lemelson, and featured a compelling mix of speakers, panels and presentations by the world’s leading minds in invention.

Relive the full day in less than five minutes with this short video...

News Releases
October 14, 2015

14 Student Teams Nationwide Address Social and Environmental Issues through Invention 

Cambridge, Mass., October 14, 2015 – The Lemelson-MIT Program awarded 14 teams of high school students up to $10,000 each in grant funding today as part of its 2015–2016 InvenTeam initiative to inspire young people to solve real-world problems through invention. Guided by the principle that invention can solve many of the biggest social and economic challenges of our time, this year’s students are working on inventions that address problems they’ve recognized in their local communities and those with global impact. Some of the student teams are developing inventions that address water consumption in California and multiple teams are inventing to help improve the lives of others around the world.

News Releases
October 6, 2015

India is a country of glaring contrasts: 400 million people living in extreme poverty alongside a growing middle class; persistent and prevalent challenges like unsafe water, air, and sanitation in a nation that just sent a mission to Mars; 2.9 million young people studying engineering but many unable to find jobs.

The Lemelson Foundation believes that invention can reconcile many of these disparities and improve the lives of millions of Indians. But invention-based businesses in India need a more supportive environment in order to realize their full potential.

News Releases
October 6, 2015

New report released by The Lemelson Foundation highlights gaps in financing, technical assistance, mentoring; provides concrete solutions to help invention-based businesses thrive 

Portland, OR – The Lemelson Foundation, the world’s leading funder of invention in service of social and economic change, today released a new report, Catalyzing Capital for Invention: Spotlight on India. The report examines India’s “impact ecosystem,” the broad network of businesses, funders, and intermediaries that enable social enterprise, and hones in on challenges that limit inventors’ potential. 

News Releases
September 25, 2015

Last week, The Lemelson Foundation celebrated our 20th anniversary with a look at the work supported by our grantees and partners, and an optimistic look forward to the future of Impact Inventing.

The celebration held at the Ronald Regan International Trade Center in Washington, DC consisted of a day of informative panels, invention spotlights, inspiring videos, and informal networking of inventors young and old. A dynamic collection of grantees and sub-grantees discussed triumphant successes and resilience-building failures along each step of their journey as inventors. Speakers ranged from students at Cesar Chavez High School in Arizona to the inventor of the digital camera to heads of Lemelson-supported invention incubators in Africa, India, and Latin America.

News Releases
September 18, 2015

Portland-based grantmaker joins more than 100 other foundations divesting from carbon-based industries like coal, oil and gas


Portland, OR, September 18, 2015 – The Lemelson Foundation, the world’s leading funder of invention in service of improving lives and promoting social and economic progress, today announced it will sign on in support of DivestInvest Philanthropy, a growing coalition of more than 100 foundations that have made public commitments to divest from fossil fuels and invest in clean energy and climate solutions.  

News Releases
September 15, 2015

Jay Whitacre, Ph.D., a Materials Scientist and Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, is the recipient of the 2015 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. Whitacre is the inventor of the Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) battery, a reliable, environmentally-benign and cost-efficient energy storage system. This first-of-its-kind battery, often used in combination with solar and wind energy systems, stores significant amounts of energy at a low cost per joule and allows for around-the-clock consumption.

News Releases
September 15, 2015

As part of our 20th Anniversary celebration, the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, in conjunction with The Lemelson Foundation, presents the Impact Inventing Showcase.  Three 35-45 minute sessions, occurring on the hour, will feature two inventors and a curator from the National Museum of American History on a specific theme.  Each inventor will show and explain their invention and then join a curator in a conversation that will highlight the theme of impact inventing and explore the invention process and the impact of the inventions.  A brief Q&A period will round out each session.