University of Southern California

Research

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation – The Moore Inventor Fellows

Slots:                                                     2                             

Internal Deadline:                          Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        Nominations: November 15, 2019 by 5:00pm PT

External Deadline:                          December 13, 2019 by 5:00pm PT

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: The foundation plans to allocate nearly $34 million through 2026 to support 50 Moore Inventor Fellows.

Anticipated Amount: Fellows will receive funding for three years at a level of $200,000 per year from the Moore Foundation. In addition to funds for the fellow, the foundation will provide $25,000 each year to the institution to cover costs associated with administering the grant award, resulting in a total three-year award of $675,000. Host institutions will be required to make a contribution of $50,000 in annual support of the inventor’s work.

Cost Sharing:                                     We expect each fellow will be personally engaged in pursuing their invention and we require each fellow to devote at least 25 percent of their own time to their invention. Fellows may use the grant funds to support their own salary to create this opportunity. They may also hire undergraduates, graduate assistants or postdoctoral scholars and purchase services, equipment, or supplies.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/apps/moore

Materials to submit:

 

Link to Award:                                  https://www.moore.org/docs/default-source/moore-inventor-fellows/moore-inventor-fellows-guidelines-2020.pdf?sfvrsn=892b6f0c_2

Who May Serve as PI:                    Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time staff at eligible institutions.

Candidates must be no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.).

Purpose:

The Moore Inventor Fellows program focuses on supporting scientist-inventors at a critical stage of research to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed. We seek to provide freedom and support to promising inventors with the most compelling ideas to pursue creative work.

The scope of this call is intentionally wide: proposed projects do not need to fall within our current funding priorities but should be broadly within the program areas of foundation interest (science, environmental conservation and patient care). The exception is for nominees proposing ideas and inventions that target patient care. Within this realm, we seek overlap with our current emphasis on improving the experience and outcomes of patients, including solutions in the areas of diagnostic excellence, medication safety in the community and community-based serious illness care.

We aim to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept work on an invention or advance an existing prototype that tackles an important problem. We seek innovations with the promise of making a long-lasting impact by addressing underlying problems in their field, but a clear path toward commercialization is not a requirement. We are not interested in supporting projects that are already at a stage where significant venture capital is available. As with all our grants, we seek to measure progress toward a defined goal during the three years of support. The foundation’s policy is that intellectual property that results from a grant 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 that project.

We recognize that real invention can take surprising turns, so we seek creative individuals who have big ideas, deep knowledge and the courage to take smart risks. We recognize that inventors and innovators come from a diversity of backgrounds, disciplines and experiences, and seek creative individuals across a broad array of academic programs and research departments. Examples of such programs include, but are not limited to environmental science and conservation, oceanography, biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, neuroscience, public health and gerontology

All applications will be evaluated with the following criteria:

Inventor

  1. Demonstrated creative potential
  2. Strong technical ability for the proposed line of work

Invention

  1. Importance of the invention in areas of interest to the Moore Foundation – science, environmental conservation or patient care
  2. Invention at an early stage that requires this funding for rapid progress
  3. Plausibility of this invention to achieve the stated impact
  4. Ability of dedicated funding and time to propel this innovation to the next stage of development; commercialization is not a requirement
  5. Strength of the institution’s commitment to the applicant’s invention activities

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.