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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Moore Inventor Fellowships 2017

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:November 11, 2016
Subject:Moore Inventor Fellowships 2017


Deadline for Internal Review:December 12, 2016

Project Description

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces the second 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 Fellowship program focuses on inventors at a critical stage of their innovations to support their work in ways that might be missed in the current research and development ecosystem. We seek to provide freedom and support to promising inventors with compelling inventions to pursue their creative work.

In the spirit of Moore’s passion for science and penchant for inventing, the foundation seeks to invest in people who create new tools, technologies, processes, or approaches with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s three main areas of interest.

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


Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff. Candidates must be within ten years of receiving the advanced terminal degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.).

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. Each fellow is required to devote at least 25 percent of their own time to their invention.

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

UW-Madison is allowed to submit two nominations.

Moore Fellow Guidelines


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please include the following information:

A. Statement of invention (no more than two pages, 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: Description of invention; Importance in the area of science, environmental conservation, or patient care and experience; Stage of invention; Current funding;  Feasibility; and, Approach for measuring progress during the grant term.

B. Summary CV to include (no more than two pages): Educational and professional background; Key accomplishments, honors and demonstrated areas of expert knowledge; and, Other background information relevant to this invention.

C. One-page 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 March 01, 2017.