W.M. Keck Foundation

Dear Colleagues,

The Vice President for Research and Development Office is seeking proposal concepts for the W. M. Keck Foundation. If you would like to submit an initial project idea, please complete the form here and submit a one-page concept paper using the template attached. The deadline to submit concept papers is Friday, June 15, 2018 (this is the first of three steps needed before potential awards by the foundation in June 2019). The process is highly competitive, and after the initial concept papers, the foundation receives 60-80 submissions for each Phase I call for proposals and ultimately funds 3-6 Phase II requests in each category.

To learn more about the W. M. Keck Foundation, we invite you to attend one of two Q&A / Information sessions on either May 24 (2 – 3 pm) or May 29 (11:30 am – 12:30 pm). This informal session is designed to familiarize you with the Foundation and the submission process. If you are planning on submitting a paper for the June 15, 2018 deadline, we recommend you attend either one of these sessions. Please RSVP to Chris Ostrander  if you would like to attend.

The following categories are eligible for funding:

  1. Science/Engineering Research

Grants range from $500,000 to $1 million (typically no more than $1 million). Contrary to what is listed on the website, the Foundation has asked that we only submit papers for projects that are $1,000,000 and under.  Please check the website for Eligibility and priorities.

  1. Medical Research

Grants range from $500,000 to $1 million (typically no more than $1 million). Contrary to what is listed on the website, the Foundation has asked that we only submit papers for projects that are $1,000,000 and under.  Please check the website for Eligibility and priorities.

  1. Undergraduate Education

Grants range from $200,000 to $300,000. Except in very rare cases, the Foundation typically funds at the $200,000 level. Please check the website for Eligibility and priorities.

For awards to be made in June 2019, the following timeline has been established (this varies from the deadlines on the Keck website):

June 15, 2018 | Deadline to submit 1-page Concept Papers

July/Aug. 2018 | Internal review/ Keck Foundation review*

Aug. 17, 2018 | Faculty and areas notified of concept paper status

Oct. 8, 2018 | Phase I application due (internal deadline)

Jan. 15, 2018 | Notification of invitation to submit Phase II full proposal

Feb. 6, 2019 | Phase II full proposal (internal deadline)***

*The University is permitted to initially present no more than 12 concepts to the Foundation this round. These may include up to 4 concepts in each of the program areas: 1) Science / Engineering Research, 2) Medical Research and 3) Undergraduate Education Program,.
**University is only allowed to submit one Phase I application per category.
***Site-visit and/or call with the foundation to follow.

To learn more about The W. M. Keck Foundation and their current funding interests and past grant abstracts, please visit their website. We strongly advise you to review the website for additional information – particularly the FAQ and Grantee Responsibility sections. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Dhiraj Chand | Corporate and Foundation Relations | 5-9847 | d.chand@utah.edu
Chris Ostrander | National Foundation Relations | 5-7220 | chris.ostrander@utah.edu
Lynn Wong | U of U Health Foundation Relations | 7-1066 | lynn.wong@hsc.utah.edu

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