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LIMITED SUBMISSION Funding Opportunity: The Moore Inventor Fellows

Modified: November 17, 2017

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced its third competition to identify outstanding inventors and innovators who 1) harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, 2) strengthen environmental conservation, or 3) improve the experience and outcomes of patient care. The Moore Inventor Fellowship program focuses on inventors at a critical stage of their innovations to support their work in ways that might be missed in the current research and development ecosystem. This is a limited submission funding opportunity; the internal letter of intent is due by December 4 by midnight. If you have questions after reviewing all application guidelines, please connect with Karen Cielo, Senior Associate Director of ORD.  You may also review information on ORD’s Limited Submission webpage here.


  • Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff at eligible institutions.
  • Candidates must be within ten years of receiving the advanced terminal degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.).  There is no specific cutoff date; a degree received anytime within 2007 is acceptable
  • Each fellow is required to devote at least 25 percent of their own time to their invention.

Each eligible university can submit two nominations for consideration.

Internal Letter of Intent Due: December 4 (by midnight)
Internal Proposal Due (by Invitation): January 11, 2018 (by midnight)
Notification by: January 30, 2018
Sponsor Application Due: March 5, 2018 (by 5 pm PT)
Finalist Presentations Due (by Invitation): May 30, 2018
Finalist in-person presentations: June 12, 2018

Note: All eligible investigators who submit a letter of intent by the deadline above will be invited to submit an internal proposal.

Researchers interested in applying are required to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by the deadline specified above. If interest exceeds the number of submissions the university is allowed, an internal competition will be held.

  1. Click here to access the LOI form.
  2. Name the LOI as follows:  “LastName-FirstInitial-Moore-Inventor-Fellows-2017”, replacing “LastName” with your last name and “First Initial” with your first initial.
  3. Submit your LOI by completing this web form.  Note: Supplemental documents are not accepted.
  4. To receive a confirmation email and copy of your submission, check the box (“Send me a copy of my responses”) and enter your email address.
  5. Click “Submit”.

Review complete Limited Submission Funding Opportunity Application Guidelines here.

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