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Concept Papers

Research Program and Undergraduate Education Program:

Please submit all concepts for the Research and Undergraduate Education programs with the designated cover page.

Note for First Time Applicants: If you are a new institution/applicant applying to the Foundation, please do so through your central development office and make sure to submit all the required tax and audit documentation listed under our Phase I Application instructions as well as the institutional Fundraising History Form, along with the concepts you wish to discuss.

For more information on scheduling a conference call, please see the Application Process and Overview page for your particular program of interest.

Single-paged concepts for the Research Program and Undergraduate Education Program should be in 12 point font with 1 inch margins and should include:

  1. 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);
  2. a description of the methodologies and key personnel;
  3. a brief justification of the need for Keck support; and
  4. 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).

Only one conference call will be scheduled for each institution to discuss all concepts. These may include up to 4 concepts in the Undergraduate Education Program; and up to 8 concepts in the Research Program as follows: up to 4 concepts in the Science and Engineering area and up to 4 concepts in the Medical Research area.

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Southern California Program:

If the organization meets all of the criteria below, please call the Southern California Program Associate at 213-612-2038 to discuss next steps. You may also send a concept paper (see below). If a conversation is recommended, a conference call will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis during the pre-application counseling period.

  1. Is the organization exempt from federal taxation as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code?
  2. Is the organization designated as a public charity (and not a private foundation) as defined by Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) or 170b(1)(A)(I-VI) of the Internal Revenue Code?
  3. Is the organization exempt from California State Franchise or Income Tax under Section 23701(d) of the Revenue and Taxation Code?
  4. Is the organization headquartered in Los Angeles?
  5. If the organization is statewide or national, does it have an independent affiliate or local chapter or office located in Southern California that serves communities in Los Angeles County?
  6. Can the organization provide current, full, certified audited financial statements prepared on an annual basis in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles?

Single-paged concepts for the Southern California Program should be in 12 point font with 1 inch margins and should contain:

  1. an overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects, evidence of efficacy and/or piloted efforts
  2. project timeline (if capital, specify construction start date)
  3. estimated projectcost and funds raised to date
  4. an explanation of how Keck dollars will be targeted and make a difference

In addition to the single-paged concept, please include a one-page fact sheet on the organization.

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