2019 Moore Inventor Fellows

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces the fourth competition for Moore Inventor Fellows. The 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 Fellows program focuses on supporting scientist-inventors at a critical stage of research to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed. We seek to provide freedom and support to promising inventors with the most compelling ideas to pursue creative work.

All candidates must be no more than ten years past receiving their Ph.D., M.D., M.S. or other terminal degree. A degree received on any date in 2009 is acceptable.

Syracuse University can nominate up to two candidates for this opportunity.

Internal Deadline

January 15, 2019

How to apply

Applications can be submitted through the Syracuse University Application Portal

Evaluation Criteria

All applications will be evaluated with the following criteria:


1. Demonstrated creative potential

2. Strong technical ability for the proposed line of work


1. Importance of the invention in areas of interest to the Moore Foundation – science, environmental conservation or patient care

2. Invention at an early stage that requires this funding for rapid progress

3. Plausibility of this invention to achieve the stated impact

4. Ability of dedicated funding and time to propel this 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