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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity: The Moore Inventor Fellows

Modified: February 3, 2016

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is launching a competition to identify outstanding inventors who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care.  The Moore Inventor Fellowships will focus on investment at a critical stage of research to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed. The Foundation seeks to provide freedom and support to the most promising inventors with the most compelling ideas to pursue creative work.

The foundation selection process will have two stages. In the first stage, each eligible institution can submit up to two nomination packets, which will be reviewed by the foundation and an advisory committee. Internal Letters of Intent are due by February 15th (by midnight); see detailed instructions below. The foundation will invite the top 10% of applicants to provide additional information and make a presentation (either in person or via video teleconference) on the importance, plausibility, status and possible impact of their proposed line of work, and respond to questions from a panel of advisors about their proposed project. In 2016, five individuals will be selected as the inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows. Each fellow will receive funding for three years at a level of $200,000 per year from the Moore Foundation.  Read more about the program here.

Please read the information below carefully as there are specific instructions for limited submission funding opportunity.

Additional information:

  • All information on the details of the proposed invention will be held confidential and members of the advisory committee will sign nondisclosure agreements before reviewing any applicant material. The foundation will work with fellows on agreeable language that could be shared publicly about the competition and in announcements of the award winners.
  • The foundation’s policy states all intellectual property must be managed and disseminated in a manner that leads to the greatest impact. Each award will include IP terms to reflect the needs of each project. The foundation may also publish anonymized and aggregated demographic information regarding the people nominated by the institutions, as well aggregated information on the university nomination process.


  • Candidates must be faculty or staff members at eligible institutions.
  • Candidates must be within ten years of receiving the terminal degree in their field (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D.).
  • Candidates can be tenure-line faculty, teaching faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time affiliates of the university.
  • Fellows must be engaged in the pursuit of their invention at least 50 percent time for the three-year duration of their award.


  • Each eligible university can submit two nominations for consideration.


  • Internal Letter of Intent Due: February 15 (by midnight)
  • Internal Proposal Due (by Invitation): February 29 (by midnight)                               
  • Sponsor Nominations/First Stage Applications Due: May 1, 2016
  • Sponsor Second Stage Information Due (by Invitation):  August 30, 2016

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. Typically, all investigators that submit an LOI will be invited to submit an internal proposal. Occasionally, as appropriate, based on the LOI, only selected applicants will be invited to submit an internal proposal.

  1. Click here to access the form.
  2. Name the LOI as follows:  “LastName-FirstInitial-Moore-Inventors-2016”, replacing “LastName”, replacing “LastName” with your last name and “First Initial” with your first initial.
  3. Click on this link
  4. Login with your NU NetID and password.
  5. Under the “Limited Submissions - Office of Research Development” heading, click “Apply” next to the “Letter of Intent: The Moore Inventor Fellows”.
  6. Update your profile:
    • Populate the following fields: Phone, Title, and Department.
    • Click on “Save draft and continue” to save your profile and move to the competition application page.
  7. Insert proposal title.  Click on “Save draft and continue.”
  8. Click the Browse or Choose File button and navigate to your file on your hard drive or network.  Select your file and click “Submit”.  No supplemental documents are accepted.

**You will receive a confirmation email from ORD indicating that your application was received.

The Office of Research Development offers assistance in identifying and facilitating collaborations, putting together interdisciplinary teams, programmatic and administrative development of large, cross-school proposals, and leveraging institutional resources for outreach and education. Contact Fruma Yehiely, Associate Vice President for Research, for more information.

The Office of Foundation Relations is available to answer questions about this funding opportunity.

Researchers in Feinberg should contact:
Michelle Melin-Rogovin, Senior Associate Director, Foundation Relations, Feinberg School of Medicine, (312) 503-7072

Researchers in other schools should contact:
Sarah Fodor, Executive Director Foundation & Corporate Relations, Alumni Relations & Development, (847) 491- 4584

For questions about the limited submission process, please contact:
Fruma Yehiely, Associate Vice President for Research, 847-491-1074
Limited Submissions website.

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