Awards & Honors: National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the president of the United States on America’s leading innovators.

The purpose of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation is to recognize those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness, standard of living, and quality of life through technological innovation, and to recognize those who have made substantial contributions to strengthening the nation’s technological workforce.

This award is considered Highly Prestigious by the National Research Council (NRC).


Deadline: April 7, 2017
Link
: https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/ip-programs-and-awards/national-medal-technology-and-innovation-nmti

Criteria
Under the law establishing the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the Medal may be awarded for technological innovation and commercialization and the development of the technological workforce as they impact three specific areas:

  • contributions to the economic well-being of the United States;
  • contributions to the environmental well-being of the United States; and
  • contributions to the social well-being of the United States.

Eligibility

  • Nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation can be made for an individual, a team of up to four individuals, or a company/non-profit or a division of a company/non-profit. Individuals or teams from a national laboratory or government agency are eligible for nomination; however, a national laboratory or government agency as an organization is not eligible for consideration.
  • In the case of individuals and teams, U.S. citizenship is a requirement.
  • In the case of a for-profit company/division or non-profit/division, the company/non-profit must be U.S. owned, which is defined by the Medal program as having more than 50 percent of its shares or assets owned by U.S. citizens.
  • Only nominations on behalf of living individuals are eligible for consideration. However, if an individual passes away after his or her recommendation has been sent to the White House, a posthumous award may be made.
  • Members of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Evaluation Committee cannot receive the Medal during the period of their service on the Committee or for a period of three years thereafter.
  • All nominees identified by the White House as potential recipients of the Medal will be subject to an FBI security check. Information collected through the security check may be considered in the final selection of recipients.

Submission Procedures

  • 2017 nominations and letters of recommendation must be submitted by midnight ET, April 7, 2017.
  • Nomination files should be submitted online through the nomination portal. Specific nomination instructions and requirements are available on the portal linked from uspto.gov/nmti.
  • Nominations of candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged.
  • The National Medal of Technology and Innovation cannot be awarded for the same work that was previously recognized by the National Medal of Science. Nominations for previous winners of the National Medal of Science must clearly differentiate the work that distinguishes this nomination from the work that was the basis for the earlier award.
  • The National Medal of Technology and Innovation cannot be awarded to a company/non-profit or a division of a company/non-profit for the same work for which individuals within the organization have already been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Nominations for organizations that have previously won the National Medal of Technology and Innovation must clearly differentiate the work that distinguishes this nomination from the work that was the basis for the earlier award.
  • The nomination should include six letters of recommendation or support from individuals who have knowledge and understanding of the cited achievement(s).
    • Each letter should be labeled with the last name of the nominee, underscore, first name, underscore, the word “rec” and the last name of the person writing the support letter (Doe_Jane_recSmith).
    • It is preferred that the letters of recommendation be uploaded to the electronic nomination file as a Microsoft Word document (.doc) or as a PDF file.
  • Contact information for those sending letters of recommendation should be included on the nomination form.
  • Once submitted, nominations remain active for two years, including the year of nomination and the subsequent nomination year. After that period, nominators must submit a new nomination in order to be considered for selection. In unusual circumstances, the Nomination and Evaluation Committee may extend the eligibility period for a specific nomination.
  • All material submitted will be retained in the nominee’s file in the National Medal of Technology and Innovation office for Committee review.

The online nomination form will confirm when you have successfully completed your nomination.  In the event of difficulty, please contact the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program Manager at nmti@uspto.gov or (571) 272-9821.

Nomination Materials and Details

Past Recipients
Click here for a list of all recipients of the Medal from 1985 to the present.

Questions?
All nominators are encouraged to get in touch with the NMTI program staff (nmti@uspto.gov) with questions so as to ensure a quality application.