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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation – The Moore Inventor Fellows

Slots:                                                     2                             

Internal Deadline:                          Monday, October 12, 2020, noon PT

Nominations:                                         Monday, November 16, 2020 by 5:00pm PT

External Deadline:                          Monday, December 14, 2020 by 5:00pm PT

Award Information:                         Type: Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 50

Anticipated Amount: $200,000 per year for three years, plus $25,000 to the host institution to cover grant administration costs.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: 

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                      

Who May Serve as PI:                 Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time staff who can receive funding through their 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.).


The foundation seeks to identify outstanding inventors and innovators who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care.

Note on Internal Review:

All proposals submitted to the Office of Research will be evaluated with the following criteria:


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


  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.

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