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Fall 2019 Moore Inventor Fellows -- Internal competition deadline
Friday, September 06, 2019, 08:00am - 05:00pm
Contact Bob McGarrett, VPR: bob.mcgarrett@austin.utexas.edu


[1] The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently changed the award cycle for the Moore Inventor Fellows program. This competition follows the new timeline, so this will be the second time we've run this competition in 2019.

[2] We are running this competition in anticipation of receiving an invitation from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation so that our selected candidates will have enough time to prepare a proposal and solicit letters of reference. We expect to receive an invitation in early September. Sponsor submission dates, requirements and terms may change. Until we receive the invitation, please review last year's guidelines, which are included in the application packet.

Internal Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm CST, Friday, September 6, 2019

Funding Organization Deadline: 5:00 pm CST, Friday, December 13, 2019

Discipline/Subject Area: Scientific research, environmental conservation, patient care

Funding Available: $675,000.00

Documents Required for UT Internal Submission (These should be presented in the following order as one .pdf document)

  • A Statement of invention (no more than two pages, including citations; 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
    • Approach for measuring progress during the grant term
  • Summary CV (no more than two pages):
    • Educational and professional background
    • Key accomplishments, honors and demonstrated areas of expert knowledge
    • Other background information relevant to this invention
  • List of collaborators on this project
  • Letter from cognizance from the Chair indicating support of 25% effort requirement and $50,000 per year cost share.

Overview of Opportunity 

The Gordon and Betty Moore 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.

Gordon Moore’s contribution to the development of microelectronics helped produce the exponential growth of the digital revolution. 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.

Fellows will receive funding for three years at a level of $200,000 per year from the Moore Foundation. In addition to funds for the fellow, the foundation will provide $25,000 each year to the institution to cover costs associated with administering the grant award, resulting in a total three-year award of $675,000. Host institutions will be required to make a contribution of $50,000 in annual support of the inventor’s work.

Eligibility and Highlights

  • UT may submit two (2) nomination packets.
  • 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.
  • Each fellow is required to devote at least 25 percent of their own time to their invention.
  • Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff at eligible institutions. Candidates must be within ten years of receiving the advanced terminal degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.).
  • This announcement provides only opportunity highlights. Please carefully review the sponsor's website and guidelines for any requirements and expectations related to eligibility, budget, collaboration, priority research areas, letter of intent requirements, and review criteria before submitting to this internal competition.

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Important Dates: 

Documents due to CompetitionSpace: 5pm CST, Friday, September 6, 2019

Full Proposal Deadline: 5pm CST, Thursday, December 13, 2019