2020 Moore Inventor Fellows Program 

The Syracuse University Office of Research pleased to announce the launch of the 2020 Moore Inventor Fellows Program limited submission competition. Click here to view the full competition information.

Foundation Program Announcement: Link to external program announcement
Number of Possible Awardees: 2
Internal Submission Due Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 5:00 PM
Selection Notifications: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
NSF Full Proposal Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces the fifth 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.

Syracuse University may nominate up to two candidates for this competition. Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time staff. Candidates must be no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.).

The Moore Inventor Fellows 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.

Each fellow will receive funding for three years at a level of $200,000 per year from the foundation. In
addition, the foundation will provide the host institution with $25,000 each year to cover costs associated with administering the grant award, resulting in a total three-year award amount 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 undergraduates, graduate assistants or postdoctoral scholars and purchase services, equipment, or supplies.


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

Syracuse University can nominate up to two candidates for this opportunity.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit a 2-page statement of invention, a summary CV, a brief budget, and the names of two references who may provide letters of support. The budget must include the sources of the required $50,000 annual match from the institution. Full details of application requirements may be found on the Syracuse University Application Portal.

Evaluation Criteria

All applications will be evaluated with the following criteria:


  1. Demonstrated creative potential
  2. Strong technical ability for the proposed line of work


  1. Importance of the invention in areas of interest to the Moore Foundation – science, environmental conservation or patient care
  2. Invention at an early stage that requires this funding for rapid progress
  3. Plausibility of this invention to achieve the stated impact
  4. Ability of dedicated funding and time to propel this innovation to the next stage of development; commercialization is not a requirement
  5. Strength of the institution’s commitment to the applicant’s invention activities

See Guidelines and FAQs for more sponsor information

Questions about the Syracuse University competition? Contact LimitedSubmissions@syr.edu

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