Moore Inventor Fellows Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces the fourth competition for Moore Inventor Fellows. 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. 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. In the spirit of Moore’s passion for science and penchant for inventing, the foundation seeks to support people who create new tools, technologies, processes, or approaches with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s three main areas of interest: scientific research, environmental conservation and patient 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. 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.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST October 8, 2019

Sponsor Nomination Deadline:  November 15, 2019

Sponsor Full Application Deadline: December 13, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Statement of Invention (up to 2 pages, including citations): Please include the following elements: description of invention and the problem it seeks to address, the invention’s potential impact, importance to science/environmental conversation/patient care, stage of invention, current funding, feasibility, approach for measuring progress during the grant term.
  • PI Summary CV (up to 2 pages)
  • Matching Support Certification (up to 1 page): A statement confirming the PI has secured verbal commitment from a dean/chair for matching support if the project is funded.
  • Budget Overview (up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required. Make sure to include the sources of the required $50,000 annual match from the institution.

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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.).

Limited Submission Guidelines

CU Boulder is invited to submit two nominations for consideration.

Award Information

Award Amount: $675,000 total ($200,000 per year for the fellow) ($25,000 per year for the host institution to cover award administration costs).

  • Each fellow must devote at least 25% of their own time to their invention.
  • Fellows may use 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.

Award Duration: 3 years

Each host institution will be required to contribute $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor’s work. This can be “in kind” as released time or access to special facilities for which there is normally a charge.