Moore Inventor Fellows FAQ
As an institution eligible to participate in the Moore Inventor Fellows program, is there a specific process for internal solicitation and selection we should follow?
There is no specific process for internal solicitation and selection outlined by the foundation. We recognize inventors and innovators come from a diversity of backgrounds, disciplines and experiences and will look for creativity across a broad array of academic programs and research departments. Examples of such programs include, but are not limited to, environmental science and conservation, oceanography, biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, neuroscience, public health, rehabilitation sciences and gerontology.
My institution is not listed as eligible to participate in the Moore Inventor Fellows program. Is there an alternative route by which I can submit an application for consideration?
At this time, the competition is only open to inventors at Research 1 universities, additional institutions from among the top 50 National Institutes of Health-funded medical schools and universities, and selected non-academic environmental research institutions. Each eligible institution may nominate two people.
If an institution is part of a larger university system, do you allow nominations from other campuses not stated on the list of eligible institutions? What is the full list of eligible institutions?
Each institution is limited to nominating candidates from within its own campus. Schools that are part of systems with multiple campuses (e.g., large state systems) may not submit nominations for a candidate from another campus. The eligible institutions are:
|Albert Einstein School of Medicine |
|American Museum of Natural History |
|Arizona State University-Tempe |
|Baylor College of Medicine |
|Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences |
|Boston College |
|Boston University |
|Brandeis University |
|Brown University |
|California Academy of Sciences |
|California Academy of Sciences |
|California Institute of Technology |
|Carnegie Institution of Washington |
|Carnegie Mellon University |
|Case Western Reserve University |
|Clemson University |
|Cleveland Clinic |
|Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory |
|Colorado State University-Fort Collins |
|Columbia University |
|Conservation International |
|Consortium for Ocean Leadership Inc |
|Cornell University |
|CUNY Graduate School and University Center |
|Duke University |
|Emory University |
|Field Museum of Natural History |
|Florida International University |
|Florida State University |
|George Mason University |
|George Washington University |
|Georgetown University |
|Georgia Institute of Technology |
|Georgia State University |
|Gulf of Maine Research Institute |
|Harvard University |
|Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai |
|Indiana University |
|Iowa State University |
|J Craig Venter Institute, Inc. |
|Johns Hopkins University |
|Kansas State University |
|Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College |
|Marine Biological Laboratory |
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology |
|Mayo Clinic |
|Medical College of Wisconsin |
|Medical University of South Carolina |
|Michigan State University |
|Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute |
|New York Botanical Garden |
|New York University |
|North Carolina State University |
|Northeastern University |
|Northwestern University |
|Ohio State University |
|Oregon Health and Science University |
|Oregon State University |
|Pennsylvania State University |
|Princeton University |
|Purdue University |
|Rice University |
|Rocky Mountain Institute |
|Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey |
|Scripps Institution of Oceanography |
|Smithsonian Institution |
|Stanford University |
|Stony Brook University - SUNY |
|Stroud Water Research Center Inc. |
|SUNY at Albany |
|Syracuse University |
|Temple University |
|Texas A&M University |
|Texas Tech University |
|The Botanical Research Institute of Texas |
|The Conservation Fund (The Freshwater Institute) |
|The National Center for Genome Resources |
|The Nature Conservancy |
|The University of Texas, MD Andersen Cancer Center |
|The University of Texas, Southwestern |
|Tufts University |
|Tulane University |
|University at Buffalo - SUNY |
|University of Alabama at Birmingham |
|University of Arizona |
|University of Arkansas |
|University of California, Berkeley |
|University of California, Davis |
|University of California, Riverside |
|University of California, San Diego |
|University of California, San Francisco |
|University of California, Santa Barbara |
|University of California, Santa Cruz |
|University of California,Irvine |
|University of California,Los Angeles |
|University of Central Florida |
|University of Chicago |
|University of Cincinnati-Main Campus |
|University of Colorado at Boulder |
|University of Colorado, Denver |
|University of Connecticut |
|University of Delaware |
|University of Florida |
|University of Georgia |
|University of Hawaii at Manoa |
|University of Houston |
|University of Illinois at Chicago |
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign |
|University of Iowa |
|University of Kansas |
|University of Kentucky |
|University of Louisville |
|University of Maryland, Baltimore (School of Medicine) |
|University of Maryland, College Park |
|University of Massachusetts Medical School |
|University of Massachusetts-Amherst |
|University of Miami |
|University of Michigan |
|University of Minnesota, Twin Cities |
|University of Mississippi |
|University of Missouri-Columbia |
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln |
|University of New Mexico-Main Campus |
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill |
|University of North Texas |
|University of Notre Dame |
|University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus |
|University of Oregon |
|University of Pennsylvania |
|University of Pittsburgh |
|University of Rochester |
|University of South Carolina-Columbia |
|University of South Florida |
|University of Southern California |
|University of Tennessee |
|University of Texas at Arlington |
|University of Texas at Austin |
|University of Texas at Dallas |
|University of Utah |
|University of Virginia |
|University of Washington |
|University of Wisconsin-Madison |
|University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee |
|Vanderbilt University |
|Virginia Commonwealth University |
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University |
|Wake Forest University |
|Washington State University |
|Washington University in St. Louis |
|Wayne State University |
|West Virginia University |
|Wildlife Conservation Society |
|Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution |
|Woods Hole Research Center |
|World Resources Institute |
|World Wildlife Fund (WWF US) |
|Yale University |
I am an eligible individual at a participating institution but may leave my current institution during the course of the fellowship. Am I still eligible? Would you consider transferring a grant?
Yes. The most important goal is for an individual to make progress on their project. We would make the grant to your current institution and discuss, on a case-by-case basis, the best way to handle the full term of the award if a fellow’s status changes.
Are only individuals who have completed their degree eligible for nomination (e.g., no undergraduate or graduate students)?
Yes. At this time, the competition is open only to faculty and staff at eligible institutions.
Is there a specific cutoff date for the career stage requirement?
All candidates must be within ten years of receiving their Ph.D., M.D., M.S. or other terminal degree. There is no specific cutoff date; a degree received anytime within 2007 is acceptable.
I am an associate professor at an eligible university, within ten years of starting my tenure-line post but beyond ten years of receiving my degree. Am I eligible to apply?
No. All candidates must be within ten years of receiving their Ph.D. or other terminal degree. However, a degree received anytime within 2007 is acceptable.
I have a master’s degree but not a Ph.D. Am I still eligible for nomination?
Yes. Different fields have different practices with regard to terminal degrees and advancement. We want to provide flexibility that allows for the most highly qualified candidates to be nominated. The terminal degree should be a graduate level degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., MBA, MSc, MPH, or other similar degree.
I am a member of an institution whose research, teaching and service responsibilities prevent me from spending a quarter of my time on invention activities. Does this mean I am ineligible?
Yes. Fellows must be engaged in the pursuit of their invention at least 25 percent time for the three-year duration of the award.
We are a team of two or more eligible faculty/staff. Can we apply as a group or must nominations be for an individual?
Each nomination must be for a single individual who can be considered the project lead. However, we understand that many projects are made possible through collaboration, and allow grant funds to be used toward collaboration in service of the project.
How much flexibility does the fellow have with respect to budget allocations?
Fellows can determine how grant funds are used for project purposes. Grant funds may be used to support portions of salary, undergraduate or graduate students, equipment or supplies.
Is the grant award for fellows $600,000 or $675,000?
The total grant award is $675,000 for a three-year period. The fellow receives a total of $600,000 ($200,000 each year, for three years). The home institution will receive a total of $75,000 ($25,000 each year, for three years to offset costs associated with grant management).
Can you please clarify what costs are permissible as part of the institution’s $50,000 annual contribution?
Each host institution will be required to contribute $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor’s work. This includes support for undergraduate or graduate students, equipment, supplies and other needs that will enable the fellows to focus on their inventions. Direct support in the form of salary is acceptable; however, the direct support requirement cannot be met without a proportionate release of time that the inventor spends on other duties (e.g., teaching). Clarification of the nature of institutional support will be required in nomination materials.
I have an idea for an invention but am not sure if it fits within the Moore Inventor Fellow program’s goals. How can I check?
Broadly speaking, we seek to support ideas and inventors grounded in science and technology that could make important contributions to the areas of science, patient care or environmental conservation. To help ensure we have the strongest applicant pool possible, we have asked each eligible institution to nominate two candidates for consideration. We suggest you contact your institution point person to better understand the process for selection.
What kind of information are you looking for in the “statement of invention”? How in-depth and technical should the description be, and do you allow figures, charts or other graphics?
From the call for proposals, we expect no more than two pages describing: the main idea, that idea’s importance, its stage of invention, the problem the idea seeks to address, any existing or planned funding, feasibility (technical description) and potential impact of the invention in one of our three programmatic themes: science, environmental conservation, or patient care. You may include figures, charts and references within the total page length limit.
Will the intellectual property presented in the “statement of invention” be protected during the competition?
Yes, absolutely. We appreciate that nominees are sharing potentially valuable information with the foundation. All staff and external advisors who review applications have signed nondisclosure agreements with the foundation. All material submitted is protected. The foundation’s Data Sharing and Intellectual Property Policy states all intellectual property must be managed and disseminated in a manner that leads to the greatest impact. Each award will include IP terms to reflect the needs of that project.
In a project centered around invention, IP terms may be important to achieving the intended impact, so it may be appropriate to negotiate project-specific IP terms for the grant agreement. IP terms can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis once projects have been selected for funding. Submission of an application does not commit the university/institution or PI in advance to any particular IP terms.
Will I receive an update on the status of my nomination?
Yes. We will inform institutional contacts and nominees of their application status, but are unable to provide any review, feedback or assessment information.
Please read the Moore Inventor Fellows Guidelines for more details.