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Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Grant

Grants to USA Educators to Lead High School
Student Teams in a STEM Invention Challenge

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Engineering and The Lemelson Foundation

LOI Date:

06/04/20

Deadline Date:

09/08/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA and territories STEM educators affiliated with high schools and nonprofit educational organizations to lead high school student teams in a hands-on STEM challenge. Applicants must submit an initial application prior to submitting a final application.

The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeamĀ® initiative offers an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention.

InvenTeam students rely on inquiry and hands-on problem solving as they integrate lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to develop invention prototypes. InvenTeam projects span many fields like assistive devices, environmental technologies, consumer goods, and wearable technology. Inventors are encouraged to identify important problems in their own communities. Local problems tend to highly motivate youth as they create technological solutions to improve the lives of others.Ā 

Funds may be allocated for research, materials, and learning experiences related to the project. The grant may be used to purchase supplies necessary for the discovery process and expenses related to product development and team-building efforts (including snacks, meals, and team polo shirts). Funds may be used for an unrestricted teacher fellowship of $3,000 if the project is conducted as an extracurricular activity or club. The Program will cover room and board for eight team members (six students and two chaperones) for EurekaFest attendance.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178991

Number of Grants:

Up to 15 teams nationwide are selected each year as InvenTeam grant recipients.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are up to $10,000 each.

Term of Contract:

The grant period runs from October - June corresponding with the academic year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators at high schools and non-profit educational organizations from the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and territories of the U.S. may apply.

Funds may not be used to purchase capital equipment or professional services (e.g.: intellectual property legal protection, engineering services).

The Lemelson-MIT Program does not cover EurekaFest costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Initial application opens: October 23, 2019
- Initial application deadline: June 4, 2020, 05:00 PM (EDT)
- Finalist teams develop their final applications: Summer 2020
- Final application deadline: September 8, 2020
- Up to 15 InvenTeams announced: October 2020
- Invention development by InvenTeam grantees: October 2020-June 2021
- EurekaFest 2020 for InvenTeam grantees: mid-June 2021

All teams are expected to present and showcase a working prototype of their invention at EurekaFest in June of their grant year.

InvenTeams are encouraged to partner with organizations in their local community for additional donations and resources. Local partnerships are necessary to raise funds for the team to travel to EurekaFest and help sustain invention projects after an InvenTeam grant.

An educator and/or a school who has received an InvenTeam grant must wait three grant cycles before applying again.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://lemelsonmit.smapply.io/prog/lemelson-mit_inventeam_grant/

For more information, contact inventeams@mit.edu.

The Lemelson-MIT Program
222 Third Street, Suite 0300
Cambridge, MA 02142

Phone: 617-253-3352
Fax: 617-258-8276
Email: info-lemelson@mit.edu

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