UPDATE: We will concurrently solicit pre-proposals for both the Science and Engineering and Medical Research programs. Updated announcement below:
The W.M. Keck Foundation's Science & Engineering Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting high-risk/high-impact projects that are distinctive and novel in their approach to intractable problems, push the edge of their field, or question the prevailing paradigm. Past grants have been awarded to major universities and independent research institutions to support pioneering science and engineering research and the development of promising new technologies.
The Medical Research Program seeks to advance the frontiers of the life sciences by supporting basic research that is high-risk and has the potential to transform its field. Successful projects are distinctive and novel in their approach to problems, push the edge of their field or question the prevailing paradigm. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, medical schools and independent research institutions to support pioneering biological research, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies.
Grant abstracts for research projects funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation can be found here:
Guidance for developing a strong proposal for the W. M. Keck Foundation
Through two programs — Science and Engineering Research and Medical Research — the W. M. Keck Foundation is seeking to fund “big ideas.” But in light of the foundation’s highly competitive research funding cycles — Keck receives more than 100 submissions for each Phase I call for proposals and funds only a handful in each category — it’s not enough just to have a really fantastic idea. Your proposal must absolutely sing — it must capture the imagination of the reader. Here are some tips to help you strengthen your case:
To have a project considered for submission to the W.M. Keck Foundation, please submit a three-page narrative plus budget by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2013.
Note: The eGC1 is not required for Phase I applications.
Narrative Format Requirements
Applications not following these instructions will be not be accepted:
Project Summary [1 page]
Project Description [2 pages]
6. Overview: Provide an overview of this field and the need for this project.
7. Relevant Efforts: Describe past and current efforts at your institution that are relevant to this project, including institutional resources that will support the work.
8. Peer Groups: Name at least two other groups that are pursuing comparable or related work and explain how this project differs from their work. If none, please explain.
9. Goals and Methodology: State the major goals of this project and summarize the methodologies and time frame to be used in achieving them.
10. Impact: Describe the potential impacts of achieving these goals.
11. Fundraising: Describe what amounts of funding have been committed to this project to date, including institutional funding. Identify pending proposals, amounts requested, sources and expected notification dates. If no government funding has been secured and/or if none will be sought for this project, please explain.
Budget Note: Although Keck does not require formal cost sharing, the foundation does not like to be the sole funder of a project. Successful requests will include support from within the UW, and/or other external funding sources. Other funding sources should be reflected on the budget spreadsheet. Keck does not pay overhead (F&A). Waived overhead may be reflected as institutional support on line 31 of the budget form.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Joanna Glickler, Assistant Vice President for Corporate & Foundation Relations, at 685-6736 or email@example.com.
Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.
For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.