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Of Current Interest

New Impact Story: Building Highways for Electrons on Semiconductor Chips

With funding from the W. M. Keck Foundation, researchers at Stanford University, researched novel topological insulator materials where electrons move like automobiles on a highway, spatially separated into different lanes, avoiding backscattering and resulting dissipation.

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Upcoming Deadline

Phase I submissions for the December 2014 grant cycle should be received no later than Thursday, May 1, 2014, 4:30pm (PT).  Deadlines are based on Pacific Time.  We appreciate early submissions.  Phase I applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Please note, counseling advice on Phase I submissions for the May 1, 2014 deadline took place only between January 1 and February 15, 2014.

For a complete list of the Foundation’s important dates and deadlines and concept paper guidelines for the next counseling advice period:

Grant Cycle Timeline

Concept Paper Guidelines


Phase I Applications for All Programs

Phase I Application forms required for May 1, 2014 submittal can be found under the following links:

Research Program Phase I Information

Undergraduate Education Program Phase I Information

Southern California Program Phase I Information


Annual Report


To stimulate thinking about new high-risk, high-impact innovations in instrumentation, the W. M. Keck Foundation was pleased this year to support a multi-disciplinary workshop on Single Molecule Detection and Imaging. While we cannot share all of the energy and excitement of these two days in the pages that follow, we are happy to share highlights of several of our grantees' presentations here.

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