The United States Patent and Trademark Office is seeking nominations for the 2020 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). Awarded by the president of the United States, the NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement.
First awarded in 1985, the Medal is presented to individuals, teams, and companies for their contribution to the nation’s economic, environmental and social well-being though technological innovation. The Medal recognizes America’s competitiveness in technological advancements and commercialization and is granted to those who’ve made outstanding contributions in strengthening the nation’s technological workforce.
The purpose of the Medal is to recognize those who have made great strides for America’s well-being through improvements in technology. The award highlights the national importance of technological innovation, while seeking to inspire future generations to prepare for and pursue technical careers to keep the U.S. at the forefront of worldwide technology and economic leadership, according to a statement.
Anyone can be nominated for the NMTI by submitting an online nomination form and letter of support before midnight ET, April 3.
Each nomination is evaluated based on its contributions toward:
- The promotion of technology
- Technological innovation
- Development of technological manpower/workforce
The Medal may be awarded for technological innovation and development as it impacts three specific areas:
- Contributions to the economic well-being of the U.S.
- Contributions to the environmental well-being of the U.S.
- Contributions to the social well-being of the U.S.
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