The Mensa Foundation is an international resource for information on giftedness and intelligence, as well as a source for international educational outreach programs.
The Foundation’s international programs include the international scholarship program and three awards created to recognize the intellectual achievements of Mensans around the world, as well as distribution of the Mensa Research Journal to interested national Mensa groups around the world. Awards for Excellence are also offered internationally. Further, the Foundation's programs and activities for gifted youth, including the Mensa For Kids Web site, are accessed and used internationally, as is the educational podcast series Conversations with Mensa.
This award recognizes an international Mensa member who has produced an innovative, practical idea and successfully implemented it. This includes any invention or other novel idea that has a practical application, such as a solution to a persistent problem or a difficulty alleviated.
Mensa International and the Mensa Foundation have founded an international award recognizing a Mensa member's specific accomplishment that benefits society in some innovative, tangible way.
This international award is presented in recognition of a lifetime of contributions to the field of intelligence, giftedness and related subjects.