This opportunity is closed and under review. 

  • Internal: 05/01/2018
  • Proposal: 11/01/2018


  • Amount: Up to $1M


The Keck Foundation supports pioneering discoveries through its Science and Engineering Research and Medical Research programs. By funding the high-risk/high-impact work of leading researchers, the foundation seeks to lay 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 eligible to apply.

Funding is awarded to universities and institutions nationwide for projects in research that:

  • Focus on important and emerging areas of research
  • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies
  • Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
  • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
  • Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development
  • Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies
  • Demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

Approaches to the W.M. Keck Foundation must be made through a single institutional contact.

Applicant institutions may submit one application per grant cycle to each of the following areas:
1. Medical Research
2. Science and Engineering Research

Investigators who are interested in exploring this limited submission opportunity should contact Logan Schmidt ( or x6287) as soon as possible, and by May 1, 2018.