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Of Current Interest

Keck Foundation Grants $62 Million in 2020 Including
$16 Million for COVID-19 Research and Community Needs in Southern California

The W. M. Keck Foundation has made $16 million in grants for COVID-19 research and emergency relief efforts to USC, UCLA and a host of non-profit groups that are on the front lines fighting the virus in Southern California.

In 2021, the Keck Foundation plans to continue its nationwide science and engineering and medical research programs and to support the Los Angeles arts and culture, education, health and community service projects it regularly funds.  Visit our grant abstracts for more on our recent funding.

Grant Summary


W. M. Keck Foundation Grantees win Nobel Prizes in Physics & Chemistry 

Congratulations to Keck Foundation grantees, Dr. Andrea Ghez and Dr. Jennifer Doudna on winning the Nobel Prize!

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Impact Story: Magnetoelectric Sensors

With funding from the W. M. Keck Foundation, Northeastern University’s Nian Sun and colleagues developed devices that provide a new way of measuring neural activity that is not voltage-dependent.  The grant generated an additional, unexpected and very important outcome.

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Impact Story: Mimicking Enzymes, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemists Produce Large, Useful Carbon Rings

A grant made in 2000 to support a Center for Chemical Genomics to use synthetic organic chemistry and high-throughput screening techniques to study biologically significant molecules continues to pay scientific dividends today.

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Annual Reports

2020: Courageous Communities

This year's annual report highlights our grantmaking focus on our Southern California home base.  We invite you to read stories that reflect our long-term commitment to meet the needs of our region for over the last 66 years. 



Our Mission

Far-Reaching Benefits

The W. M. Keck Foundation seeks to generate far-reaching benefits for humanity by supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medicine, and organizations that enrich the lives of children, youth and families.

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Program Guidelines

Southern California Grant Program

The Southern California Program’s new application process and timeline for our June 2022 grant cycle is now live.  The portal for pre-application concept review will open on October 1st.  Please click on the link below for information about the new process.

Application Process



Upcoming Deadline - Research Program ONLY

Phase I Applications for the Research Program are due by 4:30pm (PT) on Monday, November 1, 2021.  The Foundation encourages early submissions.  

For a complete list of the Foundation’s important dates and deadlines:

Grant Cycle Timeline

Research Program Phase I Application Process

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