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W.M. Keck Foundation - Internal Call for Concept Papers

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking interdisciplinary and transformative project concepts for the W. M. Keck Foundation. Keck seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in a field. Funding requests are for $1,000,000 in direct costs over three years. Indirect costs are not supported. Larger budget requests and award extensions are not allowed. 

If you would like to submit an initial project idea, please complete and submit a one-page concept paper via InfoReady. The deadline to submit concept papers is Thursday, December 5, 2019 (this is the first of three steps needed for an award decision in December 2020). The process is highly competitive, and after the initial concept papers stage, the foundation receives 60-80 Phase 1 proposals and ultimately funds 3-6 projects in each category. 

(for awards in December 2020 – this varies from the timeline on the website)

Deadline to submit 1-page Concept Papers – December 5, 2019

Internal submission review / Keck Foundation consultation* – December 2019 / January 2020

Faculty and areas notified of concept paper status** – February 18, 2020

Phase I application due (internal deadline) – April 17, 2020

Notification of invitation to submit Phase II full proposal – July 15, 2020

Phase II full proposal (internal deadline)*** – August 3, 2020

*The University is permitted to present no more than 8 concepts to the Foundation this round. These may include up to 4 concepts in each of the program areas: 1) Science / Engineering Research and,  2) Medical Research.

**University is only allowed to submit one Phase I application per category.

***Site-visit and/or call with the foundation to follow.

 To learn more about the W. M. Keck Foundation and their current funding interests and past grant abstracts, please visit their website. You can also review the W. M. Keck Foundation’s FAQ and Grantee Responsibility sections for additional information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contacts us:

Chris E. Ostrander | Executive Director, Corporate Foundation Relations | 5-7220

Lynn Wong | Director, Foundation Relations | 7-1066 |

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Last Updated: 4/13/21