The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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The 2019 Moore Inventor Fellows competition seeks to award $675,000 to outstanding early-stage inventors who harness science and technology solutions to enhance scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care. The foundation seeks to support people who create new tools, technologies, processes, or approaches with a high potential to accelerate progress in their field.

They seek creative individuals who have big ideas, deep knowledge and the courage to take smart risks, recognizing that inventors and innovators come from a diversity of backgrounds, disciplines and experiences. Thus, the program seeks 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.

This award does require a $50,000 cost share.

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please submit the items below as a single PDF document to Jennifer Kluge at no later than Monday, January 7, 2019:

  • One-page outline of your research proposal
  • NIH-type biosketch (5-page limit)

The External Awards Review Committee will review applications to select the University’s applicants.


  • Must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time staff at eligible institutions.
  • Must be no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.).


$675,000 over two years


Internal application deadline:  

January 7, 2019

Full online application deadline:  

February 11, 2019



More information about the 2019 Moore Inventor Fellows competition (new window)


For more detailed application information, faculty are encouraged to contact, Becky Pfordresher, Interim Senior Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations at (202) 687-1067 or