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The Moore Inventor Fellows Program 2017


The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Sponsor, Solicitation and URL

Nature of Limit

  • up to two selected for internal competition


  • Award Amount: $600,000 over three years.
  • Indirect Amount: $25,000 per year for grant administration.
  • Internal Contribution: UMOR will work with you and your department to identify an internal contribution of $50,000.


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

U-M Internal Deadline: 1/3/17

Sponsor Deadline:  3/1/17

Invitations for Full Proposal: 5/10/17 (10% of applicants advance)

Funding Announcements: Fall 2017


Requirements for Consideration

UMOR Requirements

To be considered as one of U-M's institutional nominees, please submit the required information noted below (in listed sequence) electronically in a single PDF format by January 3, 2017, and direct questions regarding this competition to  We acknowledge receipt of all electronic submissions.


1. A statement of invention (no more than two-pages, including citations; single-spaced, with one-inch margins and 12-point font). Please include your name and college at the top of the page. You will be able to amend this prior to any submission to Moore. The first paragraph should descrive 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 teh area of science, environmental conservation, or patient care and experience
  • Stage of invention
  • Current funding
  • Feasibility
  • Approach for measuring progress during the grant term

2. A list of two individuals you will recruit for references, at least one of whom must be outside of University of Michigan.

3. Summary CV (no more than two pages)

Review and Notification

The Vice President for Research, in consultation with others, will determine which inventors will be selected to move forward. The finalists for this competition will be notified of their selection in January 2017.

Program Details

The Moore Foundation is seeking a combination of demonstrated promise of the individual and a compelling idea in which marked progress toward a defined goal can be measured during the three years of project support. They aim to support ideas at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept or advance an existing prototype toward application. They seek creative individuals with big ideas and the deep knowledge and courage to take smart risks. A clear path towards commercialization is not a requirement, but potential impact on scientific research, conservation, or patient care is essential. They are not interested in ideas at a stage at which significant venture funding is available.

Sponsor Evaluation Criteria

All applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:


  • Demonstrated creative and potential
  • Strong technical ability for the proposed line of work


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

The two nominees will submit to the foundation:

  • A two-page summary CV
  • A statement of invention
  • A one-page budget narrative
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of whom is from outside the institution.

(See Full Program Guidelines for Details)

The University will submit:

  • The name, department and contact information for nominees
  • A two-page university overview





  • For questions regarding the sponsor review process and best practices in preparing your application, please Maureen Martin ( in Foundation Relations.
  • For questions regarding the internal competition deadline, please contact Tricia M. Ebright ( in UMOR.