At a minimum, candidates must demonstrate a high degree of innovation by holding one issued U.S. Patent that has been licensed or commercialized and/or possess five or more issued U.S. Patents
Candidates must be in professional practice or research in his/her current field for at least seven years
Examples of professional practice include: active research on fields such as engineering, chemistry, biology, architecture, and medicine; instructing classes in these fields; and work on clinical trials.
If not self-nominating: Nomination Letter from a NAI Affiliate
Examples of a NAI Affiliate include: NAI Fellow, NAI Member Institution Representative, NAI Senior Member, and NAI Board Member.
The NAI accepts Senior Member application packets continuously throughout the year. Those elected to Senior Member status will be announced quarterly each year in: February, May, August, and November. Nominees who are unfortunately not elected as a Senior Member will have his/her application in the nomination database and will be reconsidered for nomination for up to 18 months. If the candidate is not elected after 18 months, (six nomination periods), the nomination application will be pulled from the portal and the candidate must wait one year before being reconsidered for nomination. Nominators will have access to upload new documentation for the committee’s review each nomination period* .