The 25th $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize was bestowed in 2019. We have successfully identified and rewarded highly accomplished inventors who have collectively had a significant impact in the areas of health, technology, energy, manufacturing, research and other sectors for the past 25 years. The individuals recognized over the last 25 years reinforce the importance of invention today and what we hope for in the future. However, the landscape has changed significantly over the last 25 years with the proliferation of prize programs that celebrate and incentivize innovation.
The Lemelson Foundation and the Lemelson-MIT Program have made the decision to discontinue the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize as of 2019. Instead, together we will be redoubling our efforts to inspire youth to invent with purpose. We see that today’s youth are most inspired to invent by experiencing invention and seeing the impact of the inventions of near peers, such as the collegiate Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winners. The Lemelson Foundation and the Lemelson-MIT Program want to deepen the commitment in invention for K-12 and higher education, and expand the impactful work that is happening on college campuses and in K-12 schools across the U.S.