W M Keck Foundation Grant Programs

Date Posted:
Deadline for Notice of Intent (NOI):12/12/16
Agency Deadline:05/01/17
Limit on Number of Proposals:One- KU-L and KUMC: Considered independent organizations.
Sponsor Website:http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/research

The Keck Foundation is focused on funding distinctive and novel science, engineering, medical research and undergraduate education initiatives.  They are particularly interested in supporting applications that propose high-risk endeavors with high potential for “transformative impact”.  Thus, they are looking to support research on questions that “push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm.”  They are also seeking to support research and learning experiences for undergraduates in science, engineering and the liberal arts. Based on communications with the Keck Foundation, they are not supporting energy-related projects at this time.  Science, engineering, and medical research application budgets are limited to $5M, with “typical” submissions in the range of $1-2M.  Undergraduate education application budgets are limited to $500K.

Limited Submission Proposals Procedure: http://policy.ku.edu/research/institutional-endorsement
Notice of Intent Procedure:

If you plan to submit a pre-proposal, please Click Here * to submit an NOI by Monday, November 28, 2016.  This information will assist KU Office of Research in organizing the review committee.

Please contact kureslimitedsubs@ku.edu if you have questions or experience any difficulty submitting the NOI form.

Interested investigators are encouraged to utilize the attached template to develop a one-page concept paper.  Please submit a single page that includes 1) an overview of the research proposed 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). In addition to this concept paper, please submit a biographical sketch for each member of the research and/or training team and the names of faculty members who are especially well qualified to evaluate these concepts, to kureslimitedsubs@ku.edu by December 12, 2016.  If more than one concept paper is received, an internal review committee will be formed to review and rank them (comprised of research faculty and administrators from KU-Lawrence and KUMC).  After consultation with the foundation staff*, the committee will select an applicant by the end of February, thereby giving the applicant approximately two full months to prepare the three page narrative and budget for the Phase I application that is due to the foundation on May 1, 2017.

*Please note that the Keck Foundation staff do not consult with investigators directly.

If you have any questions about the solicitation or the process described above, please contact Nancy Biles at kureslimitedsubs@ku.edu or 864-7434.

Contact:Nancy Biles: 785-864-7434