Accelerating progress in scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care

Gordon Moore’s contribution to the development of microelectronics helped produce the exponential growth of the digital revolution that continues today. In the spirit of Moore’s passion for science and penchant for inventing, the foundation seeks to invest in people who create new tools and technologies with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s areas of interest: scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care. 

The Moore Inventor Fellowships will focus on investment at a critical stage of research to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed. We seek to provide freedom and support to the most promising inventors with the most compelling ideas to pursue creative work.

The foundation anticipates investing $33.75 million to support 50 Moore Fellows. The inaugural cohort of 2016 Fellows was recently announced. This year, the competition will focus on inventors at major research universities, additional institutions from among the top 50 National Institutes of Health-funded medical schools and universities, and selected non-academic environmental research institutions. The eligibility pool may be expanded in subsequent years.

Timeline for Awards

November 10, 2016      Requests for nominations sent to institution presidents

December 1, 2016      Online application system opens

December 1, 2016      Institutions provide primary contacts to the foundation

February 8, 2017        Institutions provide basic nominee information

March 1, 2017            All application materials due

May 10, 2017             Finalists selected

June 5, 2017              Finalist presentations due

June 9, 2017              Finalist in-person presentations

July 17, 2017              Supplemental information due

Fall 2017                     Fellows announced

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