Internal Due Date: 12-09-2015 Contact Lucy Grantham for details
Foundation Due Date: 05-01-2015 Due twice a yearly
Number of Applications: 4
Keck Grant Programs
The Keck Foundation was founded with the goal of generating far-reaching benefits for humanity, supporting outstanding science, engineering and medical research, undergraduate education; and, in Southern California, arts and culture, education, health and community service projects that will have a significant impact in addressing complex issues and problems. Keck strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm.
To make grant determinations, Keck relies upon a wide range of input, including assessments by its professional staff, site visits, peer reviews, the latest available scientific information, and presentations by experts in scientific, medical and health and human service fields.
Supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research has been Keck’s mandate from the beginning. By funding the high-risk/high-impact work of leading researchers, Keck is laying the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions, and add to our understanding of the world. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply.
The Research Program 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 their field. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. Historically, grants range from, $500,000 to $5 million and are typically $2 million or less. Keck employs a very structured two-phase application process. Grants are awarded twice annually, in June and December. Only applications that reflect institutional priorities as certified by the applicant's President/Chief Executive Officer will be considered.
What Keck Wants
Research Field: The Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two research areas—medical research and science and engineering research—that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply. Keck is most interested in projects that:
Clarity: Keck seeks comprehensive but succinct descriptions of what the research team members will do and exactly how they will do it methodologically. The text should be written for a highly trained audience familiar with reading scientific proposals, but whose members are not necessarily trained in the same field as the applicant. The potential transformative impact of the project should be clear to all readers.
Need: Keck seeks proposals that will convincingly describe why Keck funding is essential, compared to other private funders.
Distinction: Keck likes to see proposals that explain how the team and its approach will be distinct from – and will add improvements to – others in the field. Demonstrating strong awareness of competing and similar research teams nationally and internationally is important.
Benefit: Given the often high-risk nature of transformative rather than incremental projects, it is important to describe the collateral benefits that will be produced by the project across multiple fields, even if the focused, principal aim of the project is not achieved during the grant period.
What Keck Does NOT Want
Projects that are NOT eligible for Keck funding:
For other limitations and additional information, go to: http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/research/eligibility-and-priorities.
Phase I Proposal Due to Keck Foundation: May 1, 2016
ONE-PAGE Abstract Requirements
In one page only (in 12 point font with 1 inch margins), with a highly trained but lay audience in mind, include the following:
Researchers 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.) if there is room. Researchers should avoid illustrations in these single-pagers; they will need all the room for text. If a reference is absolutely necessary, abbreviate it as (Science, 323, 45, ’11).
Link to previous grant abstracts: http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/research/medical-research-grant-abstracts
Lucy Grantham, Director of Development II
Emory University, Development and Alumni Relations
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