From time to time the Foundation invites major grants designated as "special projects" for potentially significant endeavors that we believe will ultimately benefit humankind. These special projects are exclusively initiated by the board of directors. Once invited, before a special grants proposal is submitted, the applicant must request an extensive list of terms and conditions the Foundation requires for each grantee.
Our Special Projects Include:
W. M. Keck Observatory
Home to the twin 10-meter Keck telescopes, which together form the world’s largest optical telescope, the Keck Observatory is situated near the summit of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii and is a joint project of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of California.
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences
As part of the Claremont College Consortium, located at Claremont, CA, this is the first graduate school in the United States solely dedicated to equipping a new generation of bioscientists and bioengineers with leading-edge knowledge and a practical orientation.
USC Keck School of Medicine
USC is one of the nation’s leading private research universities. This grant was designed to strengthen and expand the Keck School of Medicine and, in particular, support the growth of its research programs.
National Academies Keck Futures Initiative
Initiated in 2003, this 15-year program was designed to stimulate interdisciplinary scientific and technological research that bridges disciplines, cultures, institutions and methodologies. It supports the Futures conferences and seed grants to its participants.
Keck Institute for Space Studies — California Institute of Technology
The Institute combines the brainstorming of new ideas on space science and technology with follow-up research and development.
Great Public Schools Now
GPSN is a non-profit organization working to accelerate the growth of high-quality public schools of all governance types and significantly reduce the number of students attending chronically low performing schools in Los Angeles.