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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Moore Inventor Fellows

“50 Inventors to shape the next 50 years.”


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 AAU universities and additional medical schools within the U.S. Each eligible university can submit two nominations for consideration.


PI Eligibility:  Candidates must be faculty or staff members at eligible institutions.  Candidates must be within ten years of receiving the terminal degree in their field (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D.) They can be tenure-line faculty, teaching faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time affiliates of the university.


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


Nomination Limit: 2


Summary:  The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is launching a competition to identify outstanding inventors 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 Fellowships will focus on investment at a critical stage of research to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed. We seek to provide freedom and support to the most promising inventors with the most compelling ideas to pursue creative work.


Program Overview

Gordon Moore’s contribution to the development of microelectronics helped produce the exponential growth of the digital revolution that continues today. In the spirit of Moore’s passion for science and penchant for inventing, the foundation seeks to invest in people who create new tools and technologies with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s areas of interest: scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care.


The foundation anticipates investing $33.75 million to support a total of 50 Moore Fellows, with the first five awards made in 2016. Initially, the competition will focus on inventors at Association of American Universities member research universities in the United States and 16 additional institutions from the top 50 National Institutes of Health-funded medical schools that are not AAU members. The eligibility pool may be expanded in subsequent years.


Each fellow 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 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. Host institutions will be required to make a contribution of $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor’s work. We expect the fellows to use the grant funds as they see fit to develop their inventions while engaged at least halftime in the pursuit of this work. Grant funds may be used to buy out of other time commitments, support portions of salary, hire undergraduate or graduate students, purchase equipment, supplies and other needs that enable the fellows to focus on their inventions.


Who (and What) We Seek to Fund

Candidates must be faculty or staff members at eligible institutions. We seek ideas grounded in science that promise to transform activity in an area of interest to the foundation: natural science, environmental conservation and patient experience and care. We seek a combination of demonstrated promise of the individual and a compelling idea in which marked progress toward a defined goal can be measured during the three years of support. We aim to support ideas at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept or advance an existing prototype toward application.


We recognize that real invention can take surprising turns, so we seek creative individuals who have big ideas and the deep knowledge and courage to take smart risks. We are not interested in supporting ideas that are already at a stage at which significant venture funding is available. A clear path toward commercialization is not a requirement; potential impact on scientific research, conservation, or patient care is essential.


These awards aim to provide the time and creative space for exceptional individuals to pursue their invention. We seek individuals within institutions that demonstrate the organization’s commitment by sharing in the support of the fellow’s work and providing adequate time for it.




January 4, 2017

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

January 18, 2017

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.


February 1, 2017

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

February 8, 2017

Sponsor deadline for nominations (due by 7:00 p.m. central time).

March 1, 2017

Sponsor deadline for all application materials (due by 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.