The W. M. Keck Foundation was founded with the goal of generating far-reaching benefits for humanity. Through its Research Program awards, the Keck Foundation supports research in two areas (i) medical research and (ii) science and engineering. The Foundation seeks research that applies a distinctive and novel approach that questions a prevailing paradigm or offers the potential to open new territory in the field.
Routine or incremental work in well-established research topics will not be considered. The foundation seeks very unique approaches that cannot be funded by traditional means, where evidence can be provided for this limitation in the pre-proposal (based on previous submissions to funding agencies or correspondence with program managers).
Note most proposals that have been declined by funding agencies are NOT appropriate for Keck funding because they describe incremental approaches to research in established areas. Only proposals that differ substantially from prevailing methods will be considered for submission to the foundation.
Applicants MUST examine the PI’s Guide to Preparing Competitive Keck Foundation Proposals, prior to preparing materials and submitting to the GT internal competition.
The document can be accessed on GT Inside Track, after log in.
- Awards are typically $1,500,000 or less, and GT has been advised that (total) proposal budgets of $1,000,000 are most likely to receive funding.
- Proposed research project timeframes should fall between two and three years.
- Keck prefers to provide seed funding that will allow PIs to demonstrate results sufficient to make further research appealing for funding by more traditional sources. The proposed budget and timeframe should reflect understanding of this funding strategy.
- Both senior and early career researchers are encouraged to apply.
- The majority of successful Keck proposals involve teams of PIs, including sometimes from different institutions.
- Institutions may submit 1 Phase 1 Proposal under each of the following categories: (i) medical research and (ii) science and engineering.
- Phase 2 Proposals are by foundation invitation only.
- GT Letter of Intent due – May 31, 2017
- Internal Research Summary Proposals due – June 9, 2017
- Initial Down-Selection Applicant Notification issued – June 30, 2017
- Pre-application Keck Program Officer Consult – July 1, 2017 – August 15, 2017
- Final Down-Selection Notification issued – August 18, 2017
- Phase 1 Proposals due to sponsor – November 1, 2017
GT Internal Competition Submission Process:
1) Letter of Intent due by May 31, 2017
- To submit, please complete the LOI form at the link associated with this notification. (No actual, additional letter is required.)
- You will receive system confirmation of acceptance into this competition.
- You will receive an additional system notification when the LOI competition is converted to open the window for submission of GT internal competition Research Summary proposals.
2) GT Internal Competition Research Summary Proposals due by June 9, 2017
- After the LOI deadline, the LOI page will be converted to the GT Internal Competition. All applicants who have received an LOI acceptance, will receive a notification advising of the conversion and providing access to submit to the internal competition.
- The Research Project Summary, as detailed below, can then be uploaded.
- The Research Project Summary (1 page maximum) must include:
- An overview of proposed project, emphasizing any unique aspects and/or pilot studies, and citing potential impact
- Description of the methodologies and key personnel
- Brief justification for why Keck funding is critical, and project is not suitable for other funding sources. (If you’ve been turned down in the past, please say so and include sponsor feedback.)
- Timeframe/ estimated budget breakdown by major area
GT Internal Competition Selection Criteria:
All submissions will be evaluated by a GT internal selection committee using the following criteria:
- Unique research/research approach; non-incremental
- Strong case for the importance of obtaining Keck funding
- Interdisciplinary in scope
- Clear societal impact or profound new scientific knowledge
- Credible methodologies/plan to achieve goals
- Credible PI and/or team to achieve goals
For More Information:
- All questions should be directed to Susan Roche (firstname.lastname@example.org / 404.894.8802).
- Please note: The GT Office of Foundation Relations handles all correspondence with the Keck Foundation, so we ask that researchers do not contact them directly.