Launched a year ago, the fellowship program recognizes early-career innovators at U.S. universities with potential to accelerate progress in scientific research, environmental conservation, and patient care. Through the program, each fellow will receive a total of $825,000 over three years, including $50,000 a year from his or her home institution. Starting with five fellows in 2006, the foundation plans to award nearly $34 million to fifty fellows through the program by 2026.
The 2017 Moore Inventor Fellows include Jennifer Dionne (Stanford University), who is developing new optical materials to better visualize and control nanoscale processes; Viviana Gradinaru (CalTech), who has developed a safe delivery vehicle capable of carrying large genomes to precise tissue targets — a long sought-after tool for both basic research and in therapeutic applications; Daniel Ludois (University of Wisconson-Madison), who is working to create light-weight electric motors that result in sustainable higher performance and lower cost; Matthew Sheldon (Texas A&M University), whose invention uses new classes of nanomaterials to provide precise control over how light energy moves through optical devices; and Xiaobo Yin (University of Colorado, Boulder), who is working to develop engineering solutions for real-world environmental challenges.
"Embodying Gordon Moore's passion for science and penchant for inventing, the Moore Inventor Fellows are problem solvers seeking to develop new tools and technologies that will accelerate progress in scientific research, environmental conservation, and patient care, three areas of interest to our foundation," said Moore Foundation president Harvey V. Fineberg. "These young inventors show great promise for creating positive outcomes for generations to come."