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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Moore Inventor Fellowships 2016

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological and Physical Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:February 24, 2016
Subject:Moore Inventor Fellowships 2016


Deadline for Internal Review:March 16, 2016

Project Description

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. The Fellowships will provide freedom and support to the most promising inventors with the most compelling ideas to pursue creative work.

The Foundation further 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.

Amount per Award: $675,000
Duration of Award: 3 Years
Number of Awards: 5 Awards


Candidates must be within ten years of receiving the terminal degree in their field (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D.) and must be faculty or staff members at their institution.

Please note the Moore Foundation requires the Fellow to commit 50% time for the three year duration of the award.  Further, the fellowship requires a matching commitment of $50,000 per year ($150,000 total).

UW-Madison is allowed to submit two nominations.

Moore Fellow Guidelines

If you are proposing an invention assigned to WARF, please contact WARF prior to proceeding with your application.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

a. Summary CV to include (no more than two pages):
Educational and professional background, key accomplishments, honors and demonstrated areas of expertise as well as other background information relevant to stated invention.
b. Statement of invention describing idea, importance, stage of invention, current funding, feasibility, potential impact in the area of science, environmental conservation, or patient care
and experience. This should be no more than two pages (single-spaced, 12-point font and one inch
c. A budget narrative that outlines how grant funds will be used and how the cost sharing commitment will be met.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation by May 01, 2016.