W.M. Keck Foundation internal call for concept papers

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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 using the template attached via Infoready. The deadline to submit concept papers is Friday, June 19, 2020 (this is the first of three steps needed for an award decision in June 2021). The process is highly competitive, and after the initial concept papers stage, the foundation receives ~150 Phase 1 proposals and ultimately funds 8-10 projects.


 Deadline to submit 1-page Concept Papers Internal submission review / Keck Foundation consultation* Faculty and areas notified of concept paper status** Phase I application due (internal deadline) Notification of invitation to submit Phase II full proposal Phase II full proposal (internal deadline)
June 19, 2020 June and July, 2020 August 15, 2020 October 30, 2020 January 15, 2021 February 12, 2021

*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.

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 and Foundation Relations | 5-7220 |

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