Nomination Process

Eligibility for Selection

  • 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 in fields such as engineering, chemistry, biology, architecture, and medicine; instructing classes in these fields; and work on clinical trials.
  • Candidate must be affiliated with an NAI Member Institution
  • Deceased candidates are not eligible
  • Self-nominations are accepted

Please Note: Because NAI Fellows are recognized in the highest degree from the National Academy of Inventors, they are not eligible for Senior Membership consideration

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Required Materials for Nomination

  • NAI Senior Member Application (submitted online)
    • Nominee’s contact information
    • Summary of professional experience: to include affiliated institutions, titles held, and overall institutional impact
    • Impact Statement: describe how the nominee’s commercialization efforts have affected public welfare and the overall economic development on his/her community
    • Summary of evidence of mentorship: describe how the nominee has mentored the next generation of inventors
  • Supplemental Documents (submitted online) 
    • Nominee’s full Curriculum Vitae
    • Complete list of issued U.S. patent(s)
    • If self-nominating: Statement of Purpose on letterhead
    • If not self-nominating: Nomination Letter from an NAI Affiliate on letterhead
      • Examples of an NAI Affiliate include: NAI Fellow, NAI Member Institution Representative, NAI Senior Member, and NAI Board Member.


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Nomination Timeline

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 NAI portal and will be reconsidered for election 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 election. Nominators will have access to upload new documentation for the committee’s review each nomination period* . 

Nomination Period:

            2018 Oct – Dec     ⟶      Announced in Feb

            2019 Jan – Mar     ⟶     Announced in May

            2019 Apr – Jun     ⟶      Announced in Aug

            2019 Jul – Sep      ⟶      Announced in Nov

            2019 Oct – Dec    ⟶      Announced in Feb


Senior Member Dues

Annual membership: $150 

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