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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:  In 1965, Gordon Moore predicted the doubling of components on an integrated circuit every 18 months. From careful observation of an emerging trend, Moore extrapolated that computing would dramatically increase in power, and decrease in relative cost, at an exponential pace. This observation concisely describes the technological transformation of the past 50 years.


With the creation of the Moore Inventor Fellows, the foundation seeks to support early-career scientist-inventors with the potential to accelerate progress in scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care. 


Each fellow will receive a total of $825,000 over three years to drive their invention forward, including $50,000 per year from their home institution as a commitment to these outstanding individuals. The foundation plans to allocate nearly $34 million during the next ten years to support 50 fellows. Learn more about the 2016 Moore Inventor Fellows and their inventions.


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.




December 6, 2017

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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December 13, 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.


January 17, 2018

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

February 12, 2018

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

March 5, 2018

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.