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Please distribute this information to your faculty and eligible PIs who may have an interest in submitting an application to this program

 

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M Faculty and PIs

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Moore Inventor Fellows

https://www.moore.org/initiative-additional-info?initiativeId=moore-inventor-fellows

 

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

 

Institutional Eligibility:  Letters of invitation have been sent to the presidents and chief research officers of invited institutions.  Each eligible institution can submit two nominations for consideration. 

 

PI Eligibility:  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.).

 

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).

 

Proposal Limit: 2

 

Summary:  Gordon Moore’s contribution to the development of microelectronics helped produce the exponential growth of the digital revolution. 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.

 

The foundation plans to allocate nearly $34 million through 2026 to support 50 Moore Inventor Fellows. In 2019, the competition will focus on early-career staff at major research universities, additional institutions from among the top 50 National Institutes of Health-funded medical schools and universities, and selected non-academic environmental research and patient care institutions. Each eligible institution may nominate two people.

 

Each fellow will receive funding for three years at a level of $200,000 per year from the foundation. In addition, the foundation will provide the host institution with $25,000 each year to cover costs associated with administering the grant award, resulting in a total three-year award amount of $675,000. 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. 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.

 

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.

 

Dates:

 

January 11, 2019

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. 

 

Send email of intent to limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu

January 18, 2019

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

 

All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

 

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will reflect the criteria for the foundation’s nomination packet and will include:

 

 

A. Statement of invention (no more than two pages, including citations; single-spaced, 12-point font and one-inch margins). The first paragraph should describe clearly and without jargon the invention, the problem it seeks to address, and its potential impact. The statement of invention should also include the following information:

I. Description of invention

II. Importance in the area of science, environmental conservation, or patient care and experience

III. Stage of invention

IV. Current funding

V. Feasibility

VI. Approach for measuring progress during the grant term

 

 

B. Summary CV (no more than two pages):

I. Educational and professional background

II. Key accomplishments, honors and demonstrated areas of expert knowledge

III. Other background information relevant to this invention

 

C. One-page budget narrative that outlines how grant funds will be used

 

**Note** Letters of reference are not required for the internal proposal.  The letters will be submitted with the final proposal to the sponsor if you are selected.

 

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.  Once you log-in to e-proposal, choose “Limited Submission Grant” from the Available Grants section.


If you have any questions, please contact:

shelly.martin@tamu.edu  or 979.862.2233.

 

February 1, 2019

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

February 11, 2019

Sponsor deadline for nominations.  Must be received by 5:00 p.m Pacific Time (7:00 p.m. Central Time)

March 4, 2019

Sponsor deadline for the full proposal.  Must be received by 5:00 p.m Pacific Time (7:00 p.m. Central Time)

 

 

Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.