Membership with the National Academy of Inventors offers a unique opportunity to be part of growing global network of academic inventors. Institutional Membership is available to universities as well as non-profit and governmental research institutes. Individual membership is gained through the NAI Fellows Program and NAI Chapters. The NAI Senior Members Program exclusively available through NAI Member Institutions only.

Institutional Membership

NAI Institutional membership is offered at two levels including Sustaining Member Institution and Member Institution.

Sustaining Member Institution:

The highest level of institutional membership is obtained through the Sustaining Membership category. This membership is available to a limited number of institutions to receive exclusive benefits which further highlight their research and innovation while providing vital support for the NAI to expand into a new era of growth in programs, visibility and membership. An unlimited number of individual inventor members are included with this membership category.

Member Institution:

This most prevalent level of NAI institutional membership offers members visibility of research and innovation and the opportunity to recognize and honor inventors on campus. Included in this category is membership for up to 40 individual inventor members.

Sustaining Member Institution Benefits ($10,000):

NAI Annual Meeting Benefits:

  • One annual complimentary registration for a representative from your institution to attend the annual meeting
  • Recognition of your institution as a Sustaining Member Institution from the podium and in print material at the annual meeting
  • VIP seating for representatives from your institution at the Signature Reception

Additional Benefits:

  • Logo displayed on the NAI homepage with a link to your website
  • Institution will be identified as a Sustaining Member Institution of the NAI in media and print publications
  • Inventor from your institution will be featured in the NAI Annual Report
  • Exclusive early access to NAI publications prior to public release
  • Opportunity to designate a guest editor on a special issue of the NAI journal Technology and Innovation
  • Preference given to serve on NAI special project and national public policy committees (upon request)
  • All Member Institution benefits outlined below
  • Opportunity to be featured in “Sustainer Spotlight”, a short video series celebrating innovation on your campus.


Member Institution Benefits ($3,000) for US members / ($4,000) International:

  • Honor the inventors and innovators among your institution’s faculty, staff, students, alumni and affiliates, and encourage the creative thinking and spirit of innovation in your community.
  • Support development and commercialization of academic patents and inventions, and the disclosure of intellectual property.
  • Opportunity to start your own dynamic Chapter. NAI will provide you with certificate templates, Chapter pins, event assistance as well as social media recognition.
  • Advocates, serving as a voice for academic inventors at universities and federal and nonprofit research institutes with the USPTO and Dept. of Commerce.
  • Opportunity to publish in the NAI journal, Technology and Innovation. Institutions that join during the Charter Member period have the opportunity to name a member to the journal’s editorial board.
  • Member Monday Series: Showcase your innovative ecosystem and raise awareness to the great work that is taking place in your community
  • Annual meeting featuring world-class presentations and networking with renowned inventors from across the U.S. and around the world, representatives from our Member Institutions, NAI Fellows and Annual Meeting participants, such as the USPTO, Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and more.
  • A member-focused organization, with active participation from our member institutions.
  • Reasonable institutional membership fees for academic organizations and affordable annual meetings.
  • Recognition and promotion through NAI media communications
  • Listed on NAI national and Annual Meeting websites


Membership For Individual Chapter Members:

Membership for Individuals is only available to individuals at a Member Institution with a Chapter and consists of:

  • Regular Members of a chapter include academic inventors who hold at least one issued U.S. patent and may include eligible faculty, staff, students, alumni, and affiliates.
  • Honorary Members of a chapter include leadership and representatives from your institution and community who do not hold patents but have facilitated and nurtured innovation and economic development at your institution.

Individual Member benefits include:

  • NAI Certificate of Membership
  • NAI Official Lapel Pin
  • Opportunity to receive special recognition for work in various NAI publications including the NAI Journal, presentations and national press releases
  • Exclusive news and updates from the NAI sent directly to their email
  • The ability to hold leadership positions within an active chapter as a Chapter Officer or Executive Committee member
  • Member discount for NAI annual meetings


Stand-out as an Elite Institution

Display your NAI Membership seal to designate your organization as part of the NAI global community network.

NAI Member Institutions and local chapters can download the NAI membership seal and display this innovation accreditation on websites, social media, email signatures, and more.

Thank you for your continued support of the academy, innovation, and discovery!

Member Institution Badge
Chapter Member Badge

Fellow of the NAI

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest level of membership in the NAI. NAI Fellows receive:

  • International Recognition for Excellence in Innovation and Invention
  • Commemoration on an exclusive plaque on permanent display in the Office of Innovation Development at the USPTO headquarters
  • Annual recording of NAI Fellows in the Congressional Record
  • Inducted by the U.S. Commissioner for Patents as an NAI Fellow
  • Personalized medal commemorating their efforts in innovation
  • Exclusive, customized NAI Fellows Rosette
  • Listed in annual Commemorative Fellows Booklet
  • Recognition and promotion through NAI media communications, including NAI website
  • Ability to publish manuscripts and serve as designated editors for Technology & Innovation
  • Invitation to serve as editors for special topic issues of Technology & Innovation
  • 20% discount on Article Processing Fees for Technology & Innovation
  • Discounted rates to national events hosted by the NAI
  • NAI Certificate of Membership
  • NAI Official Lapel Pin

Senior Member of the NAI

NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists and administrators with success in patents, licensing and commercialization and have produced technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. NAI Senior Members receive:

  • National recognition of achievement and success in technology and innovation
  • Access to the NAI’s global network of the top academic innovators and inventors, GAIN
  • 20% discount on Technology & Innovation article processing charges
  • Discounted rates to national events hosted by the NAI
  • Mentorship opportunities between Fellows and the next generation of inventors
  • Opportunity to serve on select committees including the Senior Member Advisory Committee (SMAC)

Member Monday

Member Monday is a monthly social media feature highlighting the incredible innovations happening at NAI Member Institutions. If your institution would like to take advantage of this Member benefit, please fill out the interest form below: