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Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the LSP is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators (PIs) who meet the eligibility requirements. The University 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.

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

Proposal Limit: One (1)

Summary:  The Medical Research Program seeks to advance the frontiers of the life sciences by supporting basic research that is high-risk and has the potential to transform its field.  Successful projects are distinctive and novel in their approach to problems, push the edge of their field, or question the prevailing paradigm.  Past grants have been awarded to major research universities, medical schools and independent research institutions to support pioneering biological research, 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.  In 2013, research grants will continue to be capped at $1 million.

Program Priorities:
Funding is awarded to universities and institutions nationwide for projects in science and engineering 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
  • 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


Applicants are strongly urged to contact Foundation staff well in advance of submitting a Phase I Application.  Potential applicants are encouraged to submit their ideas for grants in the form of a single-page concept paper.  Foundation staff may require additional preliminary information and may recommend a conference call or office visit with the institution’s key administrative and scientific or program personnel.  Consultations are scheduled on a first come, first served basis during the pre-application counseling period, which take place between July 1 and August 15 leading up to a November 1 submittal.


June 12, 2013: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to

June 19, 2013: Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal online application system. Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one to three page research plan summary and two-page bio-sketch.

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M PIs may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, from the e-proposal site, click on “Signup,” fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact: or 979.862.2233.

July 10, 2013:  Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

November 1, 2013:  Sponsor deadline for the full application (due by 4:30 p.m. Pacific time). 

The Keck Fdn accepts applications for this program on May 1st and November 1st yearly.

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.