New report urges effort to foster invention in education, business and government
Arlington, VA—According to a report to be released by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-based Lemelson-MIT Program, invention requires both ingenuity and a skilled workforce, and the United States must take immediate action to maintain its position as the world invention leader.
Through five National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported workshops, the Lemelson-MIT Program collaborated with many of the nation's leading experts to examine the factors that drive invention. The findings and recommendations from the workshops are presented in the report "INVENTION: Enhancing inventiveness for quality of life, competitiveness and sustainability."
Representatives of the Lemelson-MIT Program will release the report Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at the National Press Club, in the first of several events that will highlight the critical roles of invention and inventiveness in society.
On the evening of April 22, the D.C. Science Writers Association (DCSWA), the Lemelson-MIT Program and NSF will host several renowned inventors in a special panel discussing both the report and the nature of inventiveness. Several of the speakers will showcase their inventions, and all will discuss the factors that drive them to invent. (Seating is limited; please RSVP at http://www.dcswa.org/events.html. For more information on the DCSWA panel discussion, visit: http://web.mit.edu/invent/n-pressreleases/n-press-04dcswa.html.)
On April 23, the National Academy of Engineering will host the main event, the Invention Assembly, a day-long conference featuring leading academics, decision makers and business people who have examined the topic of invention from the perspectives of history, cognitive science, education, intellectual property law and sustainable development.
Assembly highlights include remarks and panel participation from NSF's Acting Director, Arden L. Bement, Jr., NSF Deputy Director Joseph Bordogna, National Academy of Engineering President William A. Wulf, MIT President Charles M. Vest and many others. The Assembly will provide a forum for the review and discussion of the report, its recommendations and next steps for policy makers.
At a black-tie ceremony on the evening of April 23, the Lemelson-MIT program will present the winners of this year’s $100,000 Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2004 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention. At $500,000, the Lemelson-MIT Prize is the world's largest, single cash award for invention.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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