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W.M. Keck Foundation

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M faculty and Principal Investigators who meet the eligibility requirements.  The University and the 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: 1

Pre-application Counseling: The Keck Foundation allows each institution to submit up to 4 concept papers to the foundation during the pre-application counseling period.  The VPR office will schedule the conference call.  Note that the foundation requests PIs not join in calls at this stage.

Summary: The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.  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
•    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


July 11, 2014: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to

July 15, 2014: Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

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

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one page concept paper and two page Bio-sketch.

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.

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

September 1, 2014: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

November 1, 2014: Sponsor deadline for the Phase I Application.

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University 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.