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Moore Inventors Fellows

General Information

Program Description

The University has been invited to submit 2 applications to the Moore Inventor Fellows Program. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is overseeing the proposal review and selection process.  

The Foundation seeks to identify outstanding inventors and innovators who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care. 

The Moore Inventor Fellows program focuses on supporting scientist-inventors at a critical prototyping stage to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed. It seeks to provide freedom and support to promising inventors with the most compelling ideas to pursue creative and disruptive innovations.


Schools may submit two (2) applications for Penn’s internal competition. 


  • Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time staff at eligible institutions.  
  • Candidates must be no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field M.S., Ph.D. or M.D., received on or after 2012. 
  • Important note: Host institutions will be required to make a contribution of $50,000 in annual 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. Each fellow will be personally engaged in pursuing their invention and is required to devote at least 25 percent of his/her own time to their invention. Fellows may use the grant funds to support their own salary to create this opportunity. They may also hire research personnel and purchase services, equipment, or supplies. ($50,000 could include support for undergraduate or graduate students, equipment, supplies and other needs that will enable the fellow to make progress on their work. Direct salary support is acceptable provided it includes a proportionate release of time from teaching or other duties. Funds that were designated for a fellow’s use before the fellow was awarded a Moore Inventor Fellowship (such as start-up funds) do not qualify.) See internal submission requirements below. 
  • For any sponsored research projects, the applicant must be eligible to serve as Principal Investigator for the project, unless otherwise noted in the LSO. Please see Penn’s PI Eligibility requirements to ensure you are eligible. 

Award Information 

  • An unrestricted research award of $675,000 total award to be paid out over 3 years:  
  • $200,000 per year for 3 years, $25,000 overhead per year for 3 years

The Moore Foundation has a two-step review process: In the first, each submission will be reviewed by foundation staff with advice from external reviewers. In the second, 10 finalists will be invited to make a virtual video presentation to a panel of advisors on the importance, plausibility, status and possible impact of their proposed line of work. 

Review Process

Selection Criteria 

The University has been invited to nominate 2 faculty members. A committee, established by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR), will determine the final nominees to represent the University. 

OVPR Internal Review Process

Applications must include the following: 

  1. Cover Page which includes:
    • Project title 
    • Candidate’s name, academic rank, department, email address, phone number and campus address. 
    • Date of faculty appointment to the University including Month and Year   
  2. Letter of support from department chair/division chief: Letter must confirm that the inventor has at least 25 percent of their time to devote to their invention and $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor’s work. 
  3. Statement of invention (maximum 2 pages) including citations; single-spaced, 12-point font with one-inch margins). The first paragraph should describe clearly and without jargon the invention, the problem it seeks to address and its potential impact. The statement of invention should also include the following information:
    1. Description of invention (main idea) 
    2. Importance to science, environmental conservation or patient care (please select one choice under the basic nominee section) 
    3. Stage of invention 
    4. Current funding: existing or planned funding 
    5. Feasibility 
    6. Potential impact of the invention  
    7. Approach for measuring progress during the grant term 
  4. A CV (using NIH Format) (maximum 5 pages), which includes educational background, professional appointments, awards and honors. Other background information relevant to this invention 
  5. All materials must be submitted in a single pdf document in the above order to 
  6. Subject line of the email should be, MOORE_applicant LAST name_ applicant FIRST name.