2018 Moore Inventor Fellows


The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has invited UMass Amherst to submit two nominees for the 2018 Moore Inventor Fellowship program. The competition seeks to identify outstanding early-stage inventors who harness science and technology solutions to enhance scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care.

The program focuses on supporting scientist-inventors at a critical stage of research to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed.


  • Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff.
  • Candidates must be no more than 10 years past receiving the advanced terminal degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D., or M.D.).
  • Fellows must devote at least 25% of their own time to their invention.
  • Each host institution will be required to contribute $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor's work. This can be in-kind as released time or access to special facilities for which there is normally a charge.
  • Projects should fit broadly within the program areas of science, environmental conservation, or patient care.
  • Patient care projects should overlap with the foundation's current emphasis on improving the experience and outcomes of patients, including solutions in the areas of diagnostic excellence, medication safety in the community, and community-based serious illness care.

Award Background:

  • A three-year $675,000 award ($200,000/year for the Fellow; $25,000/year for the host institution)
  • Grant funds may support salaries; the hiring of undergraduate, graduate, and/or postdoctoral assistants; and the purchasing of services, equipment, or supplies.
  • Two nominees may be submitted per institution.
  • Approximately 5 Fellows will be selected.

  • To ascertain your competitiveness, we strongly suggest reviewing the 2016 and 2017 fellows.


Internal Application Process

The internal selection process will be informed by the  grant program's guidelines and submission requirements and led by a committee composed of the deans of internal applicants' respective schools and colleges or their designees and, if necessary, the Provost, Vice Chancellor for Research Engagement, or faculty with relevant expertise.

If you are interested in applying to this program please email a pre-proposal in a single PDF by January 8, 2018 to cfr@admin.umass.edu. Please include:

1.   Statement of invention (no more than two pages, including citations; single-spaced, 12-point font with one-inch margins). The statement should be written clearly and without jargon and include: 

  • Description of invention 
  • Importance to science, environmental conservation, or patient care and experience 
  • Potential impact
  • Stage of invention 
  • Current funding 
  • Feasibility 
  • Approach for measuring progress during the grant term

2.      A short-form CV for the PI and each senior staff person