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W.M. Keck Foundation

The Office of Institutional Advancement, Foundation and Corporate Relations, in conjunction with the Office of Research, is soliciting concept papers to be considered for submission to the W. M. Keck Foundation’s upcoming grant cycle. The W. M. Keck Foundation asks Institutional Advancement offices to submit concept papers from investigators or teams of investigators in two of the foundation’s strategic funding priority areas: medical research & science and engineering research. 

In this highly selective process, past grants have been awarded to major universities to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies.  Grants in these categories are $1M and a 1:1 match is recommended.

As an institution we can submit 2-3 concept papers to the foundation for discussion at a telephone consultation shortly after July 1st.   However, since this is one of the President’s priority foundations, the Office of Institutional Advancement, Foundations and Corporate Relations, the Office of Research and the internal review panel will select only "high impact" projects.

You may view research program overview, eligibility, priorities, application process information, and FAQ’s on the W.M. Keck Foundation website.

Single-paged concept papers for the Medical Research and Science & Engineering programs should include:

  1. an overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects and pilot studies;
  2. a brief description of the key personnel and methodologies;
  3. a brief justification of the need for Keck support; and
  4. an estimated budget broken down, if possible, by major areas, e.g., personnel, equipment, consumable supplies, etc. (Budgets can be rough approximations at this stage).

Note: Authors are free to add other details (e.g., background to put the research into perspective, description of the institution’s prominence in the field, etc.) to the narrative if they have room. Avoid illustrations in these single-pagers and use all the room for text. If a reference is necessary, abbreviate it as (Science, 323, 45, ‘11). DO NOT USE (Jones et al., 2011).

Submit as a word document, with the name of the Principal Investigator (PI) and W. M. Keck July Cycle.  Send to, with the subject line including the phrase W. M. Keck Julyne Cycle, no later than 11:59 pm, Friday, May 15, 2015.

Timeline and submission process: Submitted concept papers will be reviewed by a panel consisting of faculty and representatives from Institutional Advancement and the Office of Research.  The concept papers to be submitted to the foundation will be selected by the review panel by Friday, May 29th so that Institutional Advancement/Foundation and Corporate Relations can send the selected concept papers to Keck the following Monday, June 1st. The AVP for Foundation and Corporate Relations within IA will call the foundation by Friday, June 5th to secure a consultation. The consultation is an important aspect of the application procedure with this foundation. During the consultation, appropriate Keck program officers will indicate whether a university’s project is of interest to the foundation and invite full proposals by November 1st. Only one conference call will be scheduled for each institution to discuss all concepts

Any questions regarding the foundation should be directed to Patricia Austin. Any questions regarding the internal competition can be directed to