Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

Funding Agency:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize honors promising collegiate inventors around the country. 

The Student Prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy: healthcare, transportation and mobility, food/water and agriculture, and consumer devices.

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize features a two-part online application process, the Initial Application and the Category Application, using the SlideRoom applicant portal. All applicants need to create a SlideRoom account by clicking the “Apply Now” button on the Student Prize website's right side. Category-specific screening committees review applications to select finalists and a prestigious national jury selects winners.

The Initial Application deadline: Friday, September 25, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Applicants submit their inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy, which could be reimagined and improved through invention. The prize categories are:

  • The “Cure it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
    “Cure it!” rewards students working on technology-based inventions that involve healthcare.
  • The “Move it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
    "Move it!" rewards students working on technology-based inventions that involve transportation or mobility.
  • The “Eat it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
    "Eat it!" rewards students working on technology-based inventions that involve food/water or agriculture.
  • The “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
    "Use it!" rewards students working on technology-based inventions that involve consumer devices – defined as tangible consumer products where the end users are retail customers who would purchase the product for use in their daily life.

Eligibility Requirements

2020 student applicants must:

  • Be full-time, matriculated, degree-seeking students in the spring semester of 2020 at any U.S. college or university. Postdocs, audit students, and alumni are not eligible.
  • Undergraduate Team Prize: Be an undergraduate student-founded and student-led team comprised of two - five students, with the majority of team members being undergraduate students. Graduate students can be part of the undergraduate team as long as there is a majority of undergraduate team members. Individual undergraduate students cannot apply without a team. The student submitting the application will be considered the team lead and the main point of contact for anything application-related. Undergraduate teams must have a tested prototype of one invention and should apply to the prize category that best fits their invention.
  • Individual Graduate Prize: Individual graduate students must have tested prototypes of at least two inventions to be eligible for the competition. Graduate students should choose a primary invention from their portfolio and apply to the prize category that best fits their primary invention. Their second and any additional (if applicable) inventions do not need to be in the same field as the primary invention. There is no graduate student team prize.

Amount

$15,000

Amount Description

Winners receive:

  • $15,000 to the winning graduate student in each of the prize categories
  • $10,000 to the winning undergraduate team in each of the prize categories
  • National media campaign and exposure to investment and business communities
  • A trip to MIT for an award celebration in June 2020

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Grad/Prof Students

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

September 25, 2020