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“Imagination is more important than knowledge, for imagination embraces the world.” –Albert Einstein

The National Academy of Inventors

(NAI) was founded in 2010 in order to recognize investigators at universities and non-profit research institutes who translate their research findings into inventions that may benefit society. 速

To join the NAI, an inventor must be affiliated with a Member Institution and be a named inventor on one or more patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In addition to regular membership, honorary membership is recognized.

“Over the past 20 years, patented intellectual property originating at universities and non-profit research institutions is playing an increasingly vital role in the global economy, in everything from job creation to raising the quality of health care. Translating academic research and innovation is more important than ever.�

Dr. Paul R. Sanberg President, National Academy of Inventors Vice President for Research & Innovation University of South Florida


$500 M


University, Hospital & Research Institute Total Licensing Income*

$2,377 M

$9,155 M



University, Hospital & Research Institute Contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 2% Running Royalties*

$28,015 M


A Sampling of NAI Members

Members of the University of Cincinnati Chapter of the NAI

“The University of Cincinnati chose to be an early Charter Member of the NAI as a way to recognize its innovative and entrepreneurial faculty and to increase their visibility on campus and nationally. Entrepreneurial efforts are not often recognized during the promotion and tenure process, and by becoming an NAI member, I felt that this was one way to validate the impressive entrepreneurial efforts of our faculty.” –Dr. Sandra Degen, former Vice President for Research

“Clark Atlanta University recognizes its membership in the NAI by including affiliates such as Morehouse College and Spelman College. Our Consortium shares a common mission to underrepresented minorities and other students of diversity to recognize their important contributions to technology and innovation.” –Dr. Marcus W. Shute, Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs

“BU is a leading research institution with a major focus on translating research to society. We joined the NAI to connect with like-minded research universities, to honor our academic inventors, and to establish an environment that favors academic entrepreneurship.” –Vinit Nijhawan, Managing Director of the Technology Development Office

Members of the Auburn University Chapter of the NAI

“Auburn University joined the NAI as part of its overall program to advance technology transfer and commercialization and particularly to give a greater focus on inventorship and entrepreneurialism. The Auburn NAI Chapter has a very engaged executive committee and faculty officers, and is linked to a student entrepreneur club with their president having a seat on the executive committee.” –Dr. John D. Weete, Assistant Vice President for Technology Transfer and Commercialization

“Boise State University places tremendous value in its charter NAI membership and is energized by the collective strength of this group. By addressing major medical and technological challenges, research makes it possible to develop new drugs, treatments and technologies that enhance quality of life.” –Dr. Mark Rudin, Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Members of the East Carolina University Chapter of the NAI

“For East Carolina University, entwining research strengths with the vision to drive economic prosperity and improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina has clearly produced a class of individuals who are willing to endure the rigors of the patent process to call themselves inventors.” –Dr. Deirdre Mageean, former Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies

Members of the University of Akron Chapter of the NAI

“Membership in the NAI is a great opportunity for us to recognize creativity and invention here at UA. We look forward to the exchange of ideas and information the University expects to forge with other leading innovators.” –Dr. George R. Newkome, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School




“It was important for Jackson State University to be one of the first charter members of the NAI. JSU is always looking for ways to encourage and facilitate faculty and staff imagination and ingenuity. By joining the National Academy of Inventors we are providing a pathway for our faculty and staff to become engaged in a community of inventors and to develop an interest in patents, licenses, and start-ups. As members of NAI, Jackson State University has the potential to increase its intellectual property capabilities through the increased knowledge and interest of faculty and staff in developing innovative ideas.” –Dr. Felix A. Okojie, Vice President for Research

“I truly applaud the work of the National Academy of Inventors for encouraging teachers, faculty, and students to push their research efforts to find new and better technology and solutions.”

Congressional Legislation

–Honorable Gus M. Bilirakis “The NAI provides a valuable role in the translation of science and technology within the university community, and for the benefit of society.”

–Honorable Kathy Castor “Today, the NAI works to recognize inventors… I’ve always said that one of America’s greatest strengths is the innovation of its citizens… Unfortunately, many of these innovators in the past have not received the recognition for their achievements that they rightfully deserve. That is why it is my honor to recognize and support… their commitment to innovation and research.”

–Honorable Richard B. Nugent “…we need to continue cultivating today’s young minds to be as bold as their predecessors. I am proud to say that … [the] National Academy of Inventors is leading this charge.”

–Honorable Dennis A. Ross “The researchers at our colleges and universities often do not receive the attention they deserve and this non-profit organization works to recognize researchers at universities and their affiliated institutions who translate their findings into inventions that may benefit society.”

–Honorable C.W. Bill Young



Annual conference held every spring

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MEMBER Individual membership in the NAI is available through local university and

non-profit research institute chapters only. To join a university or non-profit research institute’s chapter, an inventor must be a member of their institution’s academic community and have a patent issued from the USPTO. Universities and non-profit research institutes are invited to become member institutions and form local chapters, to recognize and encourage their community of inventors. The NAI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and edits the multidisciplinary journal Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors®, published by Cognizant Communication Corporation (NY). National Academy of Inventors® at the USF Research Park of Tampa Bay 3702 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 175 Tampa, Florida 33612-9444 USA Phone: +1-813-974-5862 Email: Website:

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FELLOWS Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who 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. NAI Fellows are intended to be at the level of Royal Societies, National Academies and recipients of other major prestigious honors. Nominations are open annually from July through October at

NAI Fellows are inducted at the NAI Annual Conference

“Membership in the National Academy of Inventors is an excellent way for IHMC to honor and publicly recognize the innovations and discoveries of our scientists and engineers.” –Dr. Ken Ford, IHMC CEO

“Stevens Institute of Technology fosters innovation in research and education and promotes a culture that creates and implements processes and academic curricula that emphasize the importance of entrepreneurship. Our association with NAI and its members will help us realize our vision in innovation and entrepreneurship.” –Dr. Christos Christodoulatos, Associate Provost of Academic Entrepreneurship

“China Medical University was honored to be the first international member institution of the NAI. We joined to encourage our investigators to translate their efforts on behalf of medical science to inventions for the betterment of humanity.” –Dr. Shinn-Zong Lin, Vice Superintendent in the Center for Neuropsychiatry

“The Technology Development Center at OSU exists to foster the creation of innovative technologies. Our induction into the NAI is yet another step towards changing the culture of research at our university and tech transfer office. Patents held by the inventors we honor through the NAI represent one of the many steps in the execution of the land grant mission of OSU.” –Dr. Steve Price, Associate Vice President for Technology Development & Director of the Technology Development Center

Members of the University of Missouri–St. Louis Chapter of the NAI

“The National Academy of Inventors is a nexus among university patent holders and a springboard for further invention disclosures.” –Dr. Nasser Arshadi, Vice Provost for Research

“Being ranked in the Top 10 worldwide by the IPO for the past 2 years among universities granted U.S. patents makes an important statement about USF’s focus on innovation and why USF became the founding chapter of the NAI. We recognize the vital role intellectual property plays in an increasingly global economy. Our faculty continue to develop great ideas and apply those ideas to real world problems.” –President Judy Genshaft, University of South Florida System

“We recognized from the beginning that the NAI was the proper forum to engage academic inventors. We have a rich tradition of clinically important inventions including the development of what are now known as Allegra, Gardasil and Cervarix. Invention is among the most attractive attributes of a vibrant research university. By joining the NAI we made the commitment to endorse, celebrate and promote the translation of our Georgetown inventors’ work for the benefit of society.” –Dr. Howard J. Federoff, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Executive Dean of the School of Medicine

Members of the Cleveland State University Chapter of the NAI

“To me this ceremony means a lot. It tells the local community about something good that we produce here at CSU, it encourages other faculty to come forward and present their new ideas, and most importantly it invites the younger generation (our students) to look up and dream as high as they can.” –Dr. Mounir Ibrahim, Professor and NAI inductee



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The mission of the National Academy of Inventors

is to honor academic invention; recognize and encourage inventors; enhance the visibility of university and non-profit research institute technology and innovation; encourage the disclosure of intellectual property; educate and mentor innovative students; and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

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