UHM internal competition guidelines for the MOORE Inventor Fellows Program limited submission opportunity are described below. UHM has been invited to nominate 2 fellows. Please circulate to faculty investigators as appropriate.


The Gordon and Betty Moore 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 scope of this call is intentionally wide: proposed projects do not need to fall within the current funding priorities, but should be broadly within the program areas of foundation interest (science, environmental conservation and patient care). The exception is for nominees proposing ideas and inventions that target patient care. Within this realm, the foundation seeks overlap with the 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.

Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff at eligible institutions. Candidates must be within ten years of receiving the advanced terminal degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.). Each fellow will receive funding for three years at a level of $200,000 per year from the foundation.

The Moore Fellowships aim to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept work on an invention or advance an existing prototype that tackles an important problem. They seek innovations with the promise of making a long-lasting impact by addressing underlying problems in their field, but a clear path toward commercialization is not a requirement. They are not interested in supporting projects that are already at a stage where significant venture capital is available.




Pre-proposals for this internal competition should include the following in the order listed below in one PDF file using the filename: Last name_MOORE_pdf.

A. Candidate Information (Limit 1 page).

Include the following:

  1. Proposal title
  2. Candidate name, position title, department, address, phone, email address
  3. Name, position title, and institutional affiliation of two individuals proposed to submit letters of reference – one from an individual within the nominating institution and one from an individual from an external institution. Note that the selected UHM candidate will be required to submit two letters of reference that evaluate the promise of the applicant and the invention.

B. Program Description (Limit 1 page).

Describe the proposed program by addressing the following:

Statement of invention. Describe the invention clearly, the problem it seeks to address, and its potential impact. The statement of invention should include the following information:

  1. Description of invention
  2. Importance to science, environmental conservation, or patient care and experience
  3. Stage of invention
  4. Current funding
  5. Feasibility
  6. Approach for measuring progress during the grant term
  7. Brief statement on how the grant funds will be used.

C. Letter of Support. (Limit 1 page)

Letter of support from the candidate’s Department’s Chair and approved by the unit’s Dean/Director. The support letter must assure that the candidate, if selected, will have at least 25% of their time to devote to their invention. Please note the following in the program solicitation:

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.

OVCR invites discussion with the Dean/Director and Department Chair on how this $50,000 contribution will be committed if the nominee is awarded a Moore Inventor Fellowship.

D. 2-page Biosketch for the Candidate

Submit the PDF file to ovcr@hawaii.edu by 4:30 PM, Tuesday, January 5th, 2018. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.

The Moore Inventor Fellows competition due dates are as follows:

  • Basic nominee information: (Due Feb. 12, 2018)
  • All application materials: (Due March 5, 2018)