The National Academy of Inventors® (NAI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Founded in 2010, the NAI:

  • Recognizes and encourages inventors who have a patent issued from the United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Enhances the visibility of university and non-profit research institute technology and academic innovation

  • Encourages the disclosure of intellectual property

  • Educates and mentors innovative students

  • Encourages the translation of the inventions of its members to benefit society

Membership in the National Academy of Inventors® is available through local university and non-profit research institute chapters only. To join the NAI, an inventor must be affiliated with an Institutional Member and be a named inventor on one or more patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) -- UMSL is a Charter Institutional Member of the NAI. In addition to regular "inventor" membership, honorary membership is recognized. 

Contact Tamara Wilgers for more information.