The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s 2018 Moore Inventor Fellows

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The Moore Inventor Fellows supports outstanding early-stage inventors who have big ideas and deep knowledge to harness science and technology solutions that enhance scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care. The program focuses on supporting scientist-inventors at a critical stage of research to capture opportunities that might otherwise be missed.

Proposed projects should be 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. Projects should not yet be at a stage where significant venture capital is available.

Principal investigators from a diversity of backgrounds, disciplines and experiences are welcome. Examples of such programs include, but are not limited to environmental science and conversation, oceanography, biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, neuroscience, public health and gerontology. Georgetown University has been invited to submit two nominations total across all campuses (Main, Medical and Law).

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please submit:

  • NIH-type biosketch (5-page limit)
  • One-page outline of your invention, the problem it seeks to address and its potential impact as a single document (both research proposal and biosketch) to Jennifer Kluge at (new window) no later than Friday, January 12, 2018. The External Awards Review Committee will review these applications to select the University‚Äôs applicants.

Awards: $600,000 (plus $75,000 for grant administration funding) over three years

Internal application deadline: January 12, 2018
Nomination deadline (if selected): February 12, 2018
Full application deadline (if selected): March 5, 2018


  • Are a faculty member, research scientist, postdoc or other full-time staff
  • Are no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in your field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.)
  • Can devote at least 25% of time to work on their invention
  • Are selected and nominated by the dean of the school

For more details, visit the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation website (new window) and read the The Moore Inventor Fellows – 2018 Guidelines.

Faculty are encouraged to contact Becky Pfordresher, Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations at (202) 687-1067 or (new window).