Awarding the Top US Innovators

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false]Do you know a scientist, engineer, or innovator who deserves the highest honors in the nation for their scientific or technological achievements? A nation-wide search is currently being conducted for the top innovators, engineers, and scientists in the US, and you can help! Send in nominations by March 31, 2012 for top scientists and engineers for the National Medal of Science and top technological innovators for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

After the jump, learn more about each award, who can be nominated, and how to nominate them!

The National Medal of Science

What is it?

The National Medal of Science (NMS) is the Nation’s highest honor for American scientists and engineers. It’s presented annually by the President of the United States.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers this medal program.

Who is given the award?

The NMS is awarded to individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the chemical, physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in combination with exemplary service to the Nation.  More nomination eligibility information is available here.

How do I send in a nomination?

Anyone can nominate for the National Medal of Science by submitting a short description of the nominee’s contribution to the field and three letters of support at the NSF website.

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation

What is it?

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) is the highest honor for technological achievement and innovation in the Nation. It is presented annually by the President of the United States.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) administers the medal program on behalf of the Commerce secretary.

Who is given the award?

The NMTI is awarded to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to the Nation’s economic, environmental and social well-being through the development and commercialization of technological products, processes and concepts; technological innovation; and strengthening the Nation’s technological workforce.  More nomination eligibility information is available here.

How do I send in a nomination?

Anyone can nominate for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by submitting the nomination form and six letters of support at the USPTO website.

Nominations for both awards are due by March 31, 2012, so submit a nomination for the engineer, scientist, or innovator who you believe is the top in the nation.

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This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.

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