The Lemelson Foundation
Principal Office: USA
The Lemelson Foundation summarizes its mission as “improving lives through invention.”
The Foundation recognizes and celebrates accomplished inventors; provides financial and mentoring support to grassroots inventors; offers opportunities to young people to develop their scientific curiosity; and disseminates technologies that improve people’s lives.
In addition to grants programs for the USA, the Foundation supports Developing Country Programs.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
Developing Country Programs. The Foundation’s grants and fellowships emphasize innovation and invention. Lemelson supports efforts to inspire inventors and inventions; to educate future inventors; and to support enterprises that address the needs of the poor.
Examples important in the developing world are innovations in potable water supply; community sanitation; drip irrigation; solar energy; bioenergy; coffee-growing technologies; rice-growing technologies; soil fertilization; livestock management; low-cost building materials, and others.
About the programs
However, it accepts short concept notes by email.
About how to apply
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
Jerome Lemelson was the holder of over 600 patents.
The Foundation’s “how to participate” is an overview of resources.
The Lemelson-MIT Prize honors outstanding mid-career inventors who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society. The Prize is awarded to citizens and residents of the USA, and it has a value of US$500 thousand.
The Foundation posts news, including items which identify innovation leaders and networks important for developing countries.
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