Advancing Scientific Research and Promoting our Community

We use philanthropy to boost high impact science and community projects; We call this the Keck Effect.

Advancing Scientific Research and Promoting our Community

We use philanthropy to boost high impact science and community projects; We call this the Keck Effect.

Advancing Scientific Research and Promoting our Community

We use philanthropy to boost high impact science and community projects; We call this the Keck Effect.

In Memoriam

Robert A. Day

1943-2023

Robert was proud to uphold the legacy of bold, creative grantmaking set forth by his grandfather, William Myron Keck.

In Memoriam

Robert A. Day

1943-2023

Robert was proud to uphold the legacy of bold, creative grantmaking set forth by his grandfather, William Myron Keck.

Recent News

The W. M. Keck Foundation has launched a new application portal for the Research Program’s Phase I application. Liaisons will need to create a new account before starting the application….

In December, the Foundation’s Board of Directors awarded grants to five organizations in Southern California, totaling $2 million. Abstracts for these grants have been released. Congratulations to all our grantees…

In December, the Foundation’s Board of Directors awarded grants to ten Research institutions, totaling $12.3 million. Abstracts for these grants have been released. Congratulations to all our grantees this cycle!

Our Mission

The W. M. Keck Foundation strives to create far-reaching benefits for humanity by supporting both outstanding science, engineering & medical research, and organizations that enrich the lives of children, youth and families.

Our Focus

Research

Supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research to generate far-reaching benefits for humanity.

Southern California

Promoting the healthy development of children and youth, strengthening families, and enriching the lives of people in the region.

Special Projects

 Major grants with potential for extraordinary impact invited by the W. M. Keck Foundation Board of Directors.

Our Approach

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$150 M

Total Expenditures

$2.5B

Total budget 2021

OUR GRANTS
Ranging from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands of dollars- are awarded organizations, scholars, and activists in over 120 countries

Upcoming Research Deadline:

Concept Counseling

The next Concept Counseling period for the Research Program is open from January 2 through February 15. Counseling calls are scheduled on a first come first served basis; contact the Foundation up to two weeks before the period opens to secure a call.

Upcoming Research Deadline:

Phase I Application

The deadline for Phase I applications to the Research Program is Wednesday, May 1 at 4:30pm (PT). The Foundation has moved to a new portal and application for this cycle. Early submissions are recommended.

Research Application Changes

New Process and portal

The W. M. Keck Foundation Research Program will be launching a new portal for applications due May 1, 2024.  The portal will become available in mid-March.  A document detailing updated application instructions is available here.

Upcoming Research Deadline:

Phase II Proposal

The deadline for invited Phase II proposal submissions is Monday, August 15 at 4:30pm (PT). The Foundation encourages early submissions.

Upcoming Southern California Deadline:

Concept Review

The portal for the Southern California Program’s Concept Review period opens April 15 and closes May 31 at 4:30pm (PT).

Upcoming Southern California Deadline:

Application

The application deadline for the Southern California Program is Friday, January 5 at 4:30pm (PT). The Foundation encourages early submissions.

Upcoming Southern California Deadline:

Site Visit

For organizations invited to a Site Visit with the Southern California Program, the deadline to submit required documents is Friday, September 1 at 4:30pm (PT).

Giving

Since 1954 the W. M. Keck Foundation has made thousands of grants totaling billions of dollars in support of institutions and organizations doing ground-breaking work across the country.

$2.2 billion

Total Grants Awarded

Over 6500

Total Grants Made

$1.5 billion

Total Assets