Monday, March 5, 2012

2013 InvenTeams Applications for the 2012-2013 InvenTeams are being accepted.All deadlines are 5:00 p.m. ET.

Apply for 2013 InvenTeamsProcess

Applying for an InvenTeam grant is a two-step process. The initial application is available online each fall and due in the spring (for grants awarded the following academic year).

Youth Involvement

Educators often begin the application without youth participants. Youth input is encouraged for the initial application and required for the final application. Many educators recruit youth early to create a richer proposal for the initial application.

Invention Ideas

InvenTeam projects span many fields from assistive devices to environmental technologies and consumer goods. Applicants are encouraged to consider needs of the world's poorest people (those earning $2/day) when brainstorming invention ideas. Some InvenTeams pursue inventions that also augment STEM curriculum such as Project Lead the Way. See former InvenTeams and their invention projects. Selection
A panel comprising inventors; educators; InvenTeam student alumni; and MIT faculty, staff, and alumni reviews the applications. Diversity is considered among school settings, demographics, and projects. Up to 35 finalists are selected from the initial applications to continue to the next step. Excite Awards
Selected finalists receive Excite Awards: These educators attend EurekaFest, a multi-day celebration at MIT in June. Finalists meet current InvenTeams, see their inventions, and attend invention workshops, which count toward Professional Development Points (PDPs). Excite Award winners must attend EurekaFest in order to submit a final InvenTeam grant application. Travel, food, and lodging are provided. 2013 InvenTeam Application Timeline

(Grants for the 2012-2013 academic year)
Early feedback deadline: March 1, 2012
Initial application deadline: April 6, 2012
Excite Award recipient notification: April 20, 2012
EurekaFest 2012: June 20-23, 2012
Final application deadline: September 7, 2012 2013
InvenTeams announced: September 28, 2012