Invention Awards

Invention awards are cash awards granted to Government employees and soldiers in recognition of their inventions which result in the filing of a patent application, a request for publication of a statutory invention registration (SIR), the grant of a United States patent, publication of a SIR, or the licensing of a patent application or patent.


  • Procedures for determining eligibility, considering an inventor for an award, and processing award recommendations are the responsibility of the Intellectual Property Counsel of the Army. These procedures are published in AR 27-60.


  • Invention awards consist of Initial Awards of $200 upon filing of a patent application or requesting publication of a SIR; Final Awards of $500 ($250 per eligible co-inventor if more than one eligible inventor); and Additional Awards based upon the invention's actual value.
Content last reviewed: 6/20/2006-FMJ