OUR FOCUS

Research

For almost 70 years, the Foundation has supported the highest levels of academic inquiry and discovery conducted by the finest researchers at the most innovative institutions in the United States. We have seen the real-world impact of these brilliant, though untested, ideas come to fruition.

The mandate of the Research Program is to support pioneering discoveries in Science, Engineering, and Medical Research.  The Foundation funds the high-risk and high-impact work of leading researchers to lay the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies, and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions and add to our understanding of the world.

Keck funded projects are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.  We prioritize grants that pioneer biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies.

$832 million

Total Research Program Awards

Over 250

Research Grant Recipient Institutions

Research Grant Abstracts

The Foundation is pleased to share these abstracts from our recent grant recipients who we believe will have a great impact in the years to come.

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2022 Medical Research Grants

So far in 2022, the Board of Directors has awarded 7 grants in Medical Research totaling $8.1 million.

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2022 Science & Engineering Grants

So far in 2022, the Board of Directors has awarded 6 grants in Science & Engineering Research totaling $7.2 million.

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2021 Medical Research Grants

During 2021, the Board of Directors awarded twelve grants in Medical Research totaling $12.2 million.

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2021 Science & Engineering Grants

During 2021, the Board of Directors awarded twelve grants in Science & Engineering Research totaling $13 million.

2020 Medical Research Grants

During 2020, the Board of Directors awarded eight grants in Medical Research totaling $8 million.

2020 Science & Engineering Grants

During 2020, the Board of Directors awarded ten grants in Science & Engineering Research totaling $10 million.

2019 Medical Research Grants

During 2019, the Board of Directors awarded eleven grants in Medical Research totaling $10.9 million.

2019 Science & Engineering Grants

During 2019, the Board of Directors awarded nine grants in Science & Engineering Research totaling $9.1 million.