2020 NAI fellowship nominations are open

Call for NAI Fellow Nominations! Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Nominees must be a named inventor on patent(s) issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and must be affiliated with a university, non-profit research institute, or government agency.

Click here for more information on the NAI Fellows Program. 

Send your NAI Fellow Nomination HERE.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nominees should have made outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.
  • Nominees must be a named inventor on patent(s) issued by the United States Patents and Trademark Office. (The median patent count among current NAI Fellows is 20).
  • Nominees should have reached professional maturity and be recognized as pioneers in their field.
  • Nominees must be affiliated with an academic organization, e.g., university, college, non-profit research institute, or governmental agency.
  • Nominees do not have to be current members of, nor affiliated with a Member Institution of the National Academy of Inventors (although recommended).
  • All U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are qualified for nomination.
  • Deceased nominees are not eligible.
  • Self-nomination, team submissions and nominations submitted by relatives are not eligible.
  • Nominations do not have to be submitted by an individual affiliated with an NAI Member Institution (although recommended).

Contact Cheryl Hedrick, Member Coordinator, with any questions.