Moore Inventor Fellows Limited Submission Opportunity Announcement

LOIs due to OVPR Oct. 18, 2023

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is pleased to announce the ninth competition for Moore Inventor Fellows. The foundation seeks to identify outstanding inventors and innovators 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 Fellows fellowship focuses on supporting scientist-inventors at a critical prototyping stage to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed. We seek to provide freedom and support to promising inventors with the most compelling ideas to pursue creative and disruptive innovations. The foundation will provide nearly $34 million through 2026 to support 50 Moore Inventor Fellows. The fellowship focuses on early-career staff at select research universities, medical schools and selected non-academic environmental research and patient care institutions. Each eligible institution may nominate two people.

Each fellow will receive $200,000 per year from the foundation for three years. In addition, the foundation will provide the host institution with $25,000 each year to cover costs associated with administering the grant, resulting in a total three-year award 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 research personnel and purchase services, equipment, or supplies.

The annual guidelines and the Moore Inventor Fellows Frequently Asked Questions provide more information about Moore Inventor Fellows and the selection process. Questions that are not covered in the online FAQ section of the Moore Inventor Fellows website may also be addressed to

This is a LIMITED SUBMISSION GRANT OPPORTUNITY. Each eligible institution may nominate two people. TO BE CONSIDERED, please submit a one-page Letter of Intent and abbreviated CV to Wayne State's InfoReady portal (HERE) by midnight on October 18, 2023.

Please address the following in your one-page LOI:

  • Name, department, and contact information
  • Brief description of invention
  • Importance to science, environmental conservation, or patient care and experience
  • Stage of invention
  • Current funding
  • Feasibility
  • Confirmation of support from the applicant’s department chair, dean, or director responsible for providing salary and space support to the applicant, which acknowledges 25 percent of time would be devoted to the invention and $50,000 in annual direct support of inventor’s work would be provided (can be "in kind" as released time or access to special facilities for which there is normally a charge)

WSU must submit nominations to the sponsor by November 14, 2023, with all applications materials due by December 13, 2023.

Contact info

Julie O'Connor

Director, Research Communications
Phone: 313-577-8845