National Academy of Inventors®: Honoring Academic Invention


About Our Fellows

The NAI Fellows Program, now in it's third year, has 244 Fellows worldwide representing 216 universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the Fellows hold 9,000 issued U.S. patents.

Among our Fellows include 40 presidents and senior leadership of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 128 members of the National Academies (NAS, NAE, IOM), 16 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 11 recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, six recipients of the National Medal of Science, 17 Nobel Laureates, nine Lemelson-MIT Prize recipients, 54 AAAS Fellows, among other major awards and distinctions.

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About the NAI Fellows Program

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly 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 at least one patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and must be affiliated with a university, nonprofit research institute or other academic entity. Fellows are recognized by the USPTO at an annual ceremony, listed on plaques displayed at USPTO headquarters, and recorded each year in the Congressional Record of the US House of Representatives.

Academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow are nominated by their peers for 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.

The nomination packets 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 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.

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