Who established the Lemelson-MIT Program?

Jerome H. Lemelson (1923-1997), and his wife, Dorothy, established the Lemelson-MIT Program to recognize and reward outstanding inventors in the hope of encouraging more young people to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Who funds the Lemelson-MIT Program?

The Lemelson Foundation funds the program, which is administered by the School of Engineering at MIT.

What is the Lemelson-MIT Program's mission?

The Lemelson-MIT Program recognizes outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

Can you help me sell or license my patent?

The Lemelson-MIT Program is dedicated to promoting the process of invention. We do not purchase patents or licenses, nor do we invest in inventions. 

Can you help me develop or manufacture my invention?

We do not fund the development of inventions. We also cannot provide inventors with contacts such as MIT engineers or area mentors. 

Who should I contact if I think there may be a mistake in the information presented in the Historical Inventor pages?

Please send an email to info-lemelson@mit.edu that includes the name of the person profiled; the information that you think is inaccurate; your suggested correction; and sources that support your correction. We are dedicated to providing accurate information in our inventor profiles and will do our best to review and correct misinformation as quickly as possible.

Who should I contact if I want permission to use a photo from your website?

Please send an email to info-lemelson@mit.edu that includes the name of the photo you would like permission to use and where the photo will be used.  We do not own the copyrights to all photos on our website. You will be asked to contact the photographer directly in some instances.

How do I apply or nominate someone for one of your awards?

Please visit our awards page for more information on applying or nominating someone for one of our awards.

Do you have invention programs for young inventors?

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams is an initiative of the Lemelson-MIT Program that awards annual grants of up to $10,000 each to teams of high-school students, teachers and mentors to invent technological solutions to real world problems.  JV InvenTeams is a new offering from the Lemelson-MIT Program for teams of 9th and 10th grade students to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math through invention-based design activities.

MIT also has many K-12 outreach programs available to the public.