Applicants may submit one Phase I application per grant cycle to each of the following areas for which they are eligible: Medical Research, Science and Engineering Research, and Southern California.
The Foundation accepts only online submissions and will NOT accept hard copy or facsimile submissions. Deadlines for Phase I applications and Phase II proposals are 4:30pm (PT) on the deadline days noted above. If a deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to 4:30pm (PT) on the following Monday.
Submission of Phase II proposals is by invitation only. If a full proposal is invited, site visits or conference calls are conducted at the discretion of the Foundation and are generally scheduled in September and October for the December cycle and March and April for the June cycle.
The W. M. Keck Foundation employs a two-phase application process. Applicants must follow the process carefully to avoid disqualification. Grants are awarded twice annually, in June and December. Only applications that reflect institutional priorities as certified by the applicant’s President/Chief Executive Officer will be considered.
Initial contact must be coordinated through the institution’s central development office via the designated institutional liaison. Most colleges and universities have designated an official liaison to the Foundation. Other personnel (including principal investigators) contacting the Foundation will be referred to the designated liaison.
All concept counseling call requests must be submitted by the designated institutional liaison. Only one conference call will be scheduled for each institution to discuss all concepts. These may include 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. To ensure productivity of your call, liaisons are strongly encouraged to invite administrators who are familiar with the projects and involved in the limited selection process. Note that principal investigators may not join the call.
Concept counseling calls are scheduled on a first come, first served basis and there is no wait list. Early submissions are highly recommended for this popular session. The Foundation will start accepting concept call requests in late June and mid-December.
Phase I application submissions are due by 4:30pm (PT) in order to be considered on deadline days (see our Grant Cycle Timeline). If a deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline is 4:30pm (PT) on the following Monday. Applicants will not be able to submit Phase I applications after the deadline. We appreciate early submissions.
At any phase of the application process, an institution may request a withdrawal of its application without prejudice to future requests.
For a Phase II proposal to be eligible for consideration by the Board of Directors, all questions and forms must be answered completely and submitted online by the deadline. Items you will need to complete in order to submit a proposal will be provided within the portal.