Nominate the Next Great Inventor for Our Hall of Fame

Help us reward ingenuity and perseverance.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® honors the visionaries whose patented inventions have changed our world. We rely on a panel of experts in science, technology, engineering and patents to evaluate each nominee on the following criteria:


Nominees must hold a U.S. patent for an invention that is groundbreaking or a significant advancement in their field.


The invention has been put into widespread use and has improved societal well-being, provided economic benefits to the country and has advanced scientific understanding.


The lives of nominees are characterized by inspiring stories of determination, challenges overcome and beating the odds.


Nominees are leaders in their fields who understand the importance of developing the next generation of American innovators.

Tell us about a potential Inductee by completing the fields below

Please fill out the form below to nominate a potential Inductee. For more information on how to fill out the forms below, you can refer to our blog post, or, if you have questions you can email us at [email protected].

Need more time to fill out the application? Feel free to download our application and email us your responses instead! 

Nominee Information


Contact Information for Nominee (required if living)

Describe the invention, how it works and the problem the invention solved using clear, non-technical language. Tell the story of how the invention came about. (500 words)
Explain the originality of the nominee's invention and why it was a significant advancement in its field. Describe any "firsts" or similarly defined breakthroughs associated with the invention. (500 words)
Explain how societal well-being has been improved by the invention and cite the significant uses of the invention in daily life. (500 words) 
Quantify the economic impact of the invention. Describe the economic benefits stemming from the invention for the inventor's company or institution. Describe the nominee's entrepreneurial activities (if applicable). (500 words)
Please provide any pertinent personal or professional information about the nominee. (500 words)
Provide CV/resume, nominee's publications, articles that describe the contributions of the nominee and the impact of their invention, letters of support, etc.

Contact Information for Nominator

Questions? Email us at [email protected].