National Academy of Inventors®: Honoring Academic Invention

Nomination of NAI Fellows

Criteria for Eligibility:

  1. Nominees should 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Self-nominations are not eligible. Teams are not eligible for consideration.
  4. Nominee must be a named inventor on at least one patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  5. Nominee must be affiliated with an academic organization, e.g., university, college, non-profit research institute, government research laboratory.
  6. Deceased nominees are not eligible.
  7. Nominee does not have to be a current member of the National Academy of Inventors, nor affiliated with a Member Institution of the National Academy of Inventors.
  8. Nominations may be made of both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.
  9. Nominations may be submitted by anyone (except for the nominee themself). The nominator does not have to be affiliated with an NAI Member Institution.

Nominations are accepted each year from July 1 – November 1.

To nominate a person for election as an NAI Fellow, the nominator completes the online nomination form and submits it, along with the nominee's full CV, a list of issued U.S. patent numbers (maximum 10), a personal letter of nomination and two additional letters of recommendation.

Nomination Instructions

In addition to contact information for the nominee, nominator and two recommenders, the nomination form requires a 1 to 2 sentence citation of the nominee’s contributions and achievements; a summary of awards and honors received by the nominee, and a list of patents held by the nominee. Along with the form, the nominator uploads his/her own letter of nomination along with the two additional letters of recommendation and the nominee’s full CV.

All materials must be submitted online no later than Saturday, November 1, 2014, 11:59 p.m. Eastern U.S. time, to be considered for NAI Fellowship. Nominations missing any documentation or submitted after the deadline will not be considered. No exceptions will be made.

To complete the Nomination Form, begin filling out the Nomination Form and then save, review and edit it until final submission. Once you have completed the entire Nomination Form and uploaded the attachments, and are ready for final submission, click the “Submit” button on the form. After clicking on “Submit” you will not be able to access or edit the Nomination Form again or upload any additional information.

Review the Nomination Checklist below for complete instructions before beginning the nomination submission process.

Nomination Review and Election

All complete nomination packets received by the deadline are reviewed by the NAI Fellows Selection Committee. The number of Fellows elected each year is dependent on the quality of the nominations submitted. Committee members may not vote on a nominee from their own institution. Decisions of the Selection Committee are final. If a nominee is not elected to Fellow status, he or she may be nominated and selected at a future time.

Nominees will be notified if they have been elected to Fellow status by December 5, 2014. Nominators will be notified if their nominee has not been elected, but their nominee will not be notified directly.

An induction ceremony for newly elected NAI Fellows will be held at the Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors each year. New Charter Fellows and their nominators are cordially invited to attend the conference (at the special discounted member rate). At the ceremony, the new Charter Fellows will receive their rosette and award, along with their NAI lapel pin and member certificate.

Fellows will be featured on the NAI website and in materials promoting the NAI and the NAI Fellows program.

For questions, contact Keara Leach, Program Manager, at Email or call +1-813-974-5862.

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