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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:

04/06/20

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 before submitting a final application. Funding is intended for materials, research, and learning experiences for students to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing.

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. Each InvenTeam creates an individual path due to project variation, but most experience the cycle through three phases:

Concept phase:

  • Gather additional research about users' needs, competitive products, and existing patents
  • Brainstorm ideas for appropriate solutions

Design Phase:

  • Conceptualize several solutions
  • Investigate the feasibility of each solution
  • Select the best solution
  • Create a detailed design using tools, such as SolidWorks 3D CAD software
  • Determine materials and resources, considering Sustainable Design

Build Phase:

  • Construct and test prototypes
  • Field test prototypes
  • Build alpha prototype

Students, teachers, and mentors representing each InvenTeam travel to Cambridge, Mass., in June for the Lemelson-MIT Program's EurekaFest, a multi-day celebration of the inventive spirit. InvenTeams present and showcase their prototypes at EurekaFest’s public exhibit. Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winners, MIT faculty, and other teams offer feedback and inspiration during EurekaFest. 

Applications are assessed on project planning, student organization, and potential for community partnerships and other types of collaboration. A strong application is sophisticated and prepared with student assistance. It demonstrates the educator's ability to facilitate a self-directed, hands-on learning project that spans an entire school year. The letter of support from the school’s administration should enthusiastically endorse the educator and the potential of an InvenTeam opportunity for the school.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178991

Number of Grants:

Up to 15 teams nationwide are selected each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are up to $10,000 each.

Educators who facilitate the project outside of the school day may allot up to $3,000 of an InvenTeam grant towards fellowships.

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.

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

The optimal size of a team is 10-15 high school youth.

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

Pre-Application Information:

The initial application is available online each October and due at the beginning of April for grants to be awarded for the following academic year. The initial application for the 2020-2021 school year is due April 6, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT.

Up to 35 educators are selected as finalists from the initial applications. Youth input is encouraged for the initial application and required for the final application. The final application deadline is September 8, 2020. All teams are expected to present and showcase a working prototype of their invention at EurekaFest in June of their grant year.

Timeline:
- Initial application opens: October 23, 2019
- Initial application deadline: April 6, 2020
- Up to 35 educator finalists announced: Mid-April, 2020
- 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

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/

Anthony Perry,
Invention Education Coordinator, InvenTeams
aperry@mit.edu

The Lemelson-MIT Program
222 Third Street, Suite 0300
Cambridge, MA 02142
inventeams@mit.edu

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