Tech Advancement


The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes. The NAI was founded in 2010 to:

The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal Technology & Innovation and hosts an annual meeting.


MU is a member institution in the National Academy of Inventors and established Mizzou’s chapter to promote and foster innovation on campus.

The NAI also recognizes individual academic inventors who have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society through its Fellows Program and its Senior Member Program.

Membership in the NAI is available through local university and nonprofit research institute chapters only. Faculty and staff interested in joining MU’s chapter must have at least one patent issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Search lists of Fellows and Senior Members.

For more information, please contact the Office of Research and Economic Development at 573-882-3087 or email

Last Updated: March 30, 2021