Keck Grant Programs in Research

W.M. Keck Foundation

Grant Programs in Research

http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/research

 

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

 

Institutional Eligibility:  Research universities, medical colleges and major private independent scientific and medical research institutes are eligible to apply to the Research Program.

 

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).

 

Proposal Limit: 2

 

Summary:  The Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm. In all our programs, "transformative" may mean creation of a new field of research, development of new instrumentation enabling observations not previously possible, or discovery of knowledge that challenges prevailing perspectives.

 

The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering.  Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies.  Historically, grants range from $500,000 to $5 million and are typically $2 million or less.

 

Program Priorities:  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

 

Dates:

 

January 10, 2017

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project.  Please indicate whether your proposal is for medical research or science and engineering research.

 

Send email of intent to limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu

January 17, 2017

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

 

All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system. 

 

Keck Foundation Concept Paper Guidelines:

Single-paged concepts should be in 12 point font with 1 inch margins and should include:

  • an overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects and pilot studies (for Research Program concepts, indicate area of emphasis for project - medical research or science and engineering research);
  • a description of the methodologies and key personnel;
  • a brief justification of the need for Keck support; and
  • 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).

 

If there’s room, the authors are free to add other details (e.g., background to put the research into perspective, description of the institution’s prominence in the field, etc.). Avoid illustrations in these single-pagers – the researchers will need all the room for text. If a reference is necessary, abbreviate it as (Science, 323, 45, ‘11). DO NOT USE (Jones et al., 2011).

 

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.  Once you log-in to e-proposal, choose “Keck Foundation Research Program” from the Available Grants section.


If you have any questions, please contact:

shelly.martin@tamu.edu or 979.862.2233.

 

February 22, 2017

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

May 1, 2017

Sponsor deadline for the Phase I Application by invitation only.

 

 

 

Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.

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