In 1965, Gordon Moore predicted the doubling of components on an integrated circuit every 18 months. From careful observation of an emerging trend, Moore extrapolated that computing would dramatically increase in power, and decrease in relative cost, at an exponential pace. This observation concisely describes the technological transformation of the past 50 years.

With the creation of the fellowship, we plan to encourage breakthroughs that accelerate progress for the next 50 years.

“We expect that Moore Inventor Fellowships will give creative people the time and resources to develop their ideas and help open the path for invention inside academic institutions.”

Robert Kirshner, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer, Science, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Our goal is to partner with their host institutions to invest in these young inventor scientists and their inventions, to allow awardees to focus on their inventions, creating the scientific and technological revolutions of the future. Learn more about the 201620172018 and 2019 Moore Inventor Fellows and their inventions, and get to know this year’s 2020 cohort.

For more information about the Moore Inventor Fellowship and our selection process, please read the annual guidelines and our updated list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions that we have not covered in our Frequently Asked Questions, please email