The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has invited OSU to nominate two candidates for the Moore Inventor Fellowship.  Gordon Moore is co-founder of Intel and author of Moore’s Law. Inspired by Gordon Moore’s passion for discovery, this competition seeks to identify outstanding early-stage inventors at major research universities 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.

  • Fellows will receive $750,000 in funding over three years at a level of $200,000 per year from the Moore Foundation
  • And $50,000 per year from OSU. 
  •  Moore Foundation will provide $25,000 each year to OSU to cover costs associated with administering the grant award, resulting in a total three-year award from the Moore Foundation of $675,000. In addition, OSU will make a contribution of $50,000 in annual support of the inventor’s work.

Nominees must be within 10 years of receiving their terminal degree and must dedicate a minimum of 25% time to the invention during the three year fellowship. Fellows may use the grant funds to support their own salary to create this opportunity. They may also hire undergraduates, graduate assistants or postdoctoral scholars and purchase services, equipment, or supplies.

Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time staff at OSU. Candidates must be no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.).

The candidate’s college or center must be willing to commit funding of $50,000 per year for three years to support the candidate’s invention research if s/he should be awarded the Moore Invention Fellowship.

Candidates should send to the Research Office the following documents in sequence as a single pdf to by 5 pm on December 14, 2018:   

  1. Abstract
  2. Statement of invention describing idea, importance, stage of invention, current funding, feasibility, potential impact in scientific research, environmental conservation, or patient care. This should be no longer than 2 pages single-spaced, 12-pt font, 1-inch margins.
  3. Inventor 2-page CV including key accomplishments and honors in addition to educational background, publications, etc.
  4. One-page budget narrative explaining how the Moore Inventor Fellowship funds would be used.
  5. Signed letter of recommendation from the Department Chair, Dean, or Center/Institute Director. This must show the commitment to at least 25% time by the inventor and commit $50k/y in annual direct support for the inventor’s work.

Each college may submit a maximum of two candidates for consideration. Each center or institute that reports directly to the Research Office may submit two candidates.

The Research Office will review the candidates submitted and select two candidates to nominate to the Moore Foundation by January , 2019. The deadline for nominees to submit a full application to the Moore Foundation is March 5, 2018.



Friday, December 14, 2018
Date Open: 
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation