Moore Inventor Fellows Program

 

Program Overview

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is now accepting applications for the Moore Inventors Fellows program. 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. The foundation seeks to provide freedom, support, and invest in researchers who create new tools, technologies, processes, or approaches with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation's three main areas of interest: scientific research, environmental conservation, and patient care.

Each fellow will receive funding for three 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 the costs associated with administering the grant award, resulting in a total three-year award amount of $675,000. Each host institution is required to contribute $50,000 in annual support of the inventor's work. This can be "in kind" as release time or access to special facilities for which there is normally a charge. Each fellow is expected to be personally engaged in pursuing their invention and it is required that each fellow devote at least 25% of their own time to their invention. Fellows may use the grant to support their own salary to create this opportunity, hire undergraduate, graduate assistants, or postdoctoral scholars, as well as purchase services, equipment, or supplies.

 

Eligibility

  1. Candidate must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff at LSU A&M.
  2. Candidate must be within ten years of receiving their Ph.D.
  3. Candidate must be able to devote 25% of their time to their invention.

 

Evaluation Criteria

The foundation will evaluate all applications on the following criteria:

  1. Inventor's demonstration of creative potential and strong technical ability for the proposed line of work.
  2. Importance of the invention in areas of science, environmental conservation, or patient care and plausibility of invention to achieve the stated impact. These areas are broadly defined and examples of such programs include, but are not limited to environmental science and conservation, oceanography, biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, neuroscience, public health, rehabilitation sciences, and gerontology.
  3. Invention at an early stage that requires this funding for rapid progress.
  4. Ability of dedicated funding and time to propel the 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.

 

Application Process

If you meet these criteria and are interested in being nominated for the Moore Inventor Fellow program, email a PDF version of the following information to andrewm@lsu.edu by Thursday, February 8, 2018:

  1. Name of nominee
  2. Nominee institutional, department and contact information
  3. Statement of nominee's department's plan to assure that nominee has at least 25% of their time to devote to their invention and $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor's work
  4. 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 impact the invention, the problem it seeks to address, and its potential impact. The statement of the invention should also include:
    1. Description of the invention;
    2. Importance in the area of science, environmental conservation, or patient care and experience;
    3. Stage of invention;
    4. Current funding;
    5. Feasibility; and
    6. Approach for measuring progress during the grant term
  5. Summary CV (no more than two pages):
    1. Education and professional background;
    2. Key accomplishments, honors, and demonstrated areas of expert knowledge; and
    3. Other background information relevant to this invention.

 

Additional Resources.

For more details and information, see the Moore Inventor Fellows Guidelines and Moore Inventor Fellows FAQ. You can also visit the 2016 Moore Inventor Fellows and 2017 Moore Inventor Fellows pages to view previous selected fellows and their inventions.

Please direct any questions you have about the program to andrewm@lsu.edu.