Fund Details
The Gordon and Betty Moore Inventor Fellows, 2021
Award Duration
Three years
Maximum Award Amount
Sponsor Name
Moore Foundation
Nominations Available to Institution
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline
Sponsor Deadline


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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Moore Inventor Fellows program 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. Applicants must be no more than ten (10) years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (on, or any time after, January 1, 2011)

Harvard University, as single institution, is limited to submitting two proposals to this opportunity. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating the internal proposal selection process.

The Moore Foundation requires an institutional cost share of $50,000 per year in direct support of the awardee’s work. Applicants must provide evidence of cost share from their Department Chair or Area Dean to meet this requirement. A description of eligible costs is available on the Moore Foundation’s FAQ, and provided below:

Can you please clarify what costs are permissible as part of the institution’s$50,000 annual contribution?
Each host institution needs to contribute $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor’s workeach year of the fellowship.
This could include support for undergraduate or graduate students, equipment, supplies and other needs that will enable the fellow to make progress on their work.
Direct salary support is acceptable provided it includes a proportionate release of time from teaching or other duties. Funds that were designated for a fellow’s use before the fellow was awarded a Moore Inventor Fellowship (such as start-up funds) do not qualify.
A clear statement of the proposed institutional support is part of the nomination.


Application Information:

Applicants are asked to submit the following (this information will be repeated on the applicant's electronic dashboard)

  • A proposal title

  • Selection of which area(s) of the foundation's interest the proposal aligns with

  • Key words for the invention

  • A two sentence summary of the invention 

  • A two page statement of invention that includes a description of the invention, its importance to science, environmental conservation or patient care and experience, the stage of invention, current and past funding as it relates to the invention , feasibility, and approach for measuring progress during the grant term
  • A summary CV, no more than two (2) pages. Include educational and professional background, key accomplishments, honors, and demonstrated areas of expert knowledge, other background information relevant to the invention.
  • A letter of recommendation (this letter can be from someone inside or outside of Harvard)
  • A brief statement signed by the applicant's Department Chair or Area Dean ensuring that the applicant will have at least 25% of their time to devote to their invention and $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor's work

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full time staff
  • Candidates must have be no more than 10 (ten) years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (M.S., PhD or M.D.) (on, or after, January 1, 2011).

Additional Information, Related Websites, and Proxy Instructions:

This competition is enabled for Proxy application. Before beginning an application, Proxies will be asked to locate their Principal Investigator in HUFP. If your PI is not registered in HUFP, please ask them to create their profile using their Harvard Key. Proxies should never "Add User" in HUFP.

  • Applicants with questions about this opportunity should contact the Research Administration office at the school where they hold a primary appointment. A list of contacts by school is available here.

Search Filters:

  • Harvard Business School
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Design
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • Harvard Law School
  • Harvard Medical School (Quad)
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM)
    • Postdoc/Fellow
    • Assistant Professor
    • Associate Professor
    • Professor
      Type of Competition
      • Limited Submission
        Begin Accepting Applications Date:
        Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
        11/02/2020 12:00 PM