CFR & OR Limited Submission – Inventor’s Fellowship – Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Oct 5, 2020 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and the Office of Research
Subject: Moore Inventors Fellowship Program

The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations and the Office of Research are please to share the following Limited Submission opportunity. Click on the program title below to view more information.

The campus has been invited to nominate two scientists to the 2020-21 Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF), Inventors Fellowship Program. This is a limited submission opportunity open to faculty, research scientists, and post docs, who have received their PhD in the last 10 years.  Please contact us if you have any questions about eligibility for this funding opportunity.

The Moore Inventor Fellows 2020-2021
Funding Available: 675,000
Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Award Cycle: 2021
Discipline/Subject Area: Scientist Inventors for scientific research, environmental conservation, patient care
Program GuidelinesThe Moore Inventor Fellows

Overview: The Moore Inventor Fellows program focuses on supporting scientist-inventors at a critical prototyping stage 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 and disruptive innovations. We seek creative individuals who have big ideas, deep knowledge and the courage to take smart risks.

Previous Winners2020 Moore Inventor Fellows
Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQs

Funding: 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: 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 2011 is acceptable. Please see FAQs for exceptions.

To apply

To be considered for nomination, materials should be submitted internally via InfoReady,, as follows:
Select “Apply” from the menu on the right-hand side.

Prior to submitting to this internal competition, be sure to discuss the $50,000 annual support with your department chair.

  1. Statement of Invention
  • Format: 2 pages max, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman, 1-inch margins, including citations
  • 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
  1. Two Page CV
  2. One-page draft budget and justification of how grant funds will be used.
  3. Letter of commitment from the applicant, co-signed by your department chair, to devote 25% time to the invention.


October 28, 2020: Internal application due
By November 10, 2020: Following internal campus review and down-select process, up to 2 finalists will be notified
November 16, 2020 Institutions to provide basic nominee information
December 14, 2020 Complete nomination packets due to GBMF.

Special Instructions

If you are selected as a campus nominee, please promptly submit your proposal intake form prior to UCSC’s Internal Institutional Deadlines. For proposal support, or for any questions about institutional requirements, please send requests and questions to the research development team at A proposal development specialist will field your requests.

Call Sent: October 2, 2020

The Office Corporate and Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The CFR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. CFR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations and corporations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits. For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the CFR website. CFR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact