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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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.  




October 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. 


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October 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


D. Two letters of reference that evaluate the promise of the applicant and the invention, one from an individual within the nominating institution and one from an individual from an external institution. Letters should be no more than two pages.


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:  or 979.862.2233.


November 8, 2019

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

November 15, 2019

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

December 13, 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.