W.M. Keck Foundation Grant Programs in Science and Engineering, Medical Research, and Undergraduate Education

Date Posted:
Deadline for Notice of Intent (NOI):12/07/18
Agency Deadline:05/01/19
Limit on Number of Proposals:One per area- KU-L and KUMC: Considered a single organization.
Sponsor Website:http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/grant-programs

Please note for this funding opportunity KU-L and KUMC are considered one organization and no more than one submission is allowed per area.  In order to allow all PIs the same amount of time to prepare for the internal competition we are requesting a pre-proposal rather than a notice of intent form.

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-impact endeavors with great potential to be “transformative”. They seek out proposals that have been described by federal review panels as promising, yet of too high risk, or that seem to fall into gaps between study sections, and they often request that these reviews accompany the proposal.  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; however, these proposals must leverage a particular resource, incorporate research activities, or they must transform the teaching of a particular course in broad-reaching and significant ways. 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 totaling $2M or less.  Undergraduate education application budgets are limited to $500K.

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

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 Friday, December 07, 2018.  If more than four concept papers are 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 2019, 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, 2019.

*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