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W.M. Keck Foundation

Internal Due Date: Past Due - Contact Glenn Kellum in Emory Office of Cooperate and Foundation Relations

Foundation Due Date: 05-15-2014 Due twice a yearly

Number of Applications: 4


Please organize your letter of intent/concept papers according to the information provided in the link below, before sending to Glenn Kellum no later than Dec 31, 2013.

W. M. Keck Foundation

Coordinator:  Glenn Kellum
Foundation Due Date:  May 1, 2014
Internal Due Date: Dec 31, 2013

Please submit one-page concept papers to Glenn Kellum no later than Dec 31, 2013.

What Keck Wants:

The Keck Foundation welcomes projects in all fields of basic science and basic medical research. The Foundation is interested in breakthrough basic research that is innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary; demonstrates a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm; has the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem; falls outside the mission of public funding agencies; and demonstrates that private philanthropy generally, and Keck in particular, is essential to the project’s success. The Foundation also has a considerable interest in projects that create new technology, instrumentation, and methodology, and in understanding collateral benefits beyond the immediate focus of projects.


Keck is not interested in clinical or translational research. Bricks and mortar projects and establishment of core facilities are not eligible for Keck funding.


Abstract Requirements:

In one page only, with a well-educated lay audience in mind, include the following:

(1) an abstract/overview of the research proposed emphasizing any unique aspects;

(2) a mention of pilot studies or data, if any – including unpublished findings – that support the idea;

(3) a brief description of the key personnel and methodologies;

(4) a brief justification of the particular need for Keck’s support; and

(5) 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.)


Researchers 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.) if there is room.


Researchers should avoid illustrations in these single-pagers; they will need all the room for text. If a reference is absolutely necessary, abbreviate it as (Science, 323, 45, ’11).

Glenn Kellum, Senior Associate Vice President
Emory University, Development and Alumni Relations
Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations
1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1150, Atlanta, Georgia 30322
Office: 404.727.8874, Cell: 404.354.4108, Fax: 404.727.4492