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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. 

Internal Call for Concept Papers: Apply Here via InfoReady!

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.  


To learn more about the W. M. Keck Foundation, we invite you to attend one of two Q&A / Information sessions on either October 30 (1 - 2 pm) or November 7 (10 am – 11am). The sessions are designed to familiarize you with the Foundation and the submission process. If you are planning on submitting a concept paper, we highly recommend you attend either one of these sessions. Light refreshments and beverages will be available. Please RSVP to Chris Ostrander. 

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

Deadline to submit 1-page Concept Papers Internal submission review / Keck Foundation consultation* Faculty and areas notified of concept paper status** Phase 1 application due (internal deadline) Notification of invitation to submitt Phase 2 full proposal Phase 2 full proposal (internal deadline)***

 December 5, 2019

December, 2019 /
January, 2020

February 18, 2020

April 17, 2020

July 15, 2020

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 websiteYou 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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