Fund Details
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Inventor Fellows 2019
Award Duration
Three years
Maximum Award Amount
Sponsor Name
Moore Foundation
Nominations Available to Institution
Sponsor Deadline


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.The 2019 competition will focus on early career staff.

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. 

Applicants must have received their terminal degree on or after January 1, 2009.

Harvard University will be required to make a $50,000 annual contribution in direct support of the awardees work. Further clarification concerning the $50k commitment from the university is available in the FAQ section of the Moore Foundation website, and is cut and pasted 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 work
each 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 two page statement describing the idea, importance, stage of invention, current funding, and potential impact of the proposed invention
  • A current CV, no preferred format
  • A letter of recommendation (this letter can be from someone inside or outside of Harvard)
  • A brief statement written by the applicant acknowledging the cost share associated with this opportunity and confirming the source of this funding. This statement must be signed by the applicant's Department Chair or Area Dean prior to system submission

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, 2009).

Additional Information, Related Websites, and Proxy Instructions:

  •  Moore Inventor Fellows FAQ
  • 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)
    Type of Competition
    • Limited Submission
      Type of Award
      • Fellowship