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W.M. Keck Foundation – Internal Competition Open

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:

  • Focus on important and emerging areas of research
  • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation, or methodologies
  • Are innovative, distinctive, and interdisciplinary
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
  • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
  • Do not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development
  • Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies; and
  • Demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success.

Funding requests are traditionally $1,000,000 in direct costs over three years, however the foundation has recently permitted budgets to exceed that amount (we recommend a cap of $2,000,000 over no more than five years).

Please click HERE to learn more and submit an internal application. Please reach out to Lynn Wong with any questions or to discuss applicability of an idea.

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Last Updated: 5/9/22