Date Open: 
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
ORD Notice of Intent Deadline: 
Agency Deadline: 
Limit per Institution: 
2 nominations
Important Notes: 
Candidate’s college must be willing to commit funding of $50,000 per year for three years
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is pleased to announce the nomination call for 2023 Moore Inventor Fellows

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has invited OSU to nominate two candidates for the Moore Inventor Fellowship.  Gordon Moore is a 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 $675,000 in funding over three years at a level of $200,000 per year from the Moore Foundation
  • 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 - The candidate’s college 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.
  • 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 eligibility date is calculated in reference to when the awards are made (2023), so terminal degrees need to be awarded in 2013 or later unless parental/caregiver leave is a factor.  


For consideration, Candidates must provide the Research Office the following documents in sequence as a single pdf here - SMARTSHEET FORM

  1. Abstract
  2. Statement of invention describing idea, importance, stage of the invention, invention disclosure # if available, 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. A one-page budget narrative explaining how the Moore Inventor Fellowship funds would be used.
  5. A signed letter of recommendation from the Department Chair or Dean. 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. The annual $50,000 commitment must come from the inventor's department or college. 

Each college may submit a maximum of two candidates for consideration

  • Research Office Internal Letter of Intent deadline:  Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - by 5 pm PT 
  • Select candidates to nominate to the Moore Foundation on or before by Friday, November 11, 2022 - 5 pm PT.
  • The deadline for nominees to submit a full application to the Moore Foundation is Tuesday, December 13, 2022, by 5 pm PT.

The following questions will be used to evaluate each application:

  • Rate the candidate’s capabilities as an inventor.
  • Rate the potential of the proposed invention to make a difference in the foundation’s areas of interest: scientific discovery, environmental conservation, and/or patient care.
  • Rate the potential for measurable progress within a 3-year period.