Identify Funding Opportunities Proposal Development Award Management Compliance Review and Oversight Education and Training Technology Transfer
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Identify Funding Proposals Proposal Development Award Management Compliance Review and Oversight Education and Training Technology Transfer

Limited Submission

W. M. Keck Foundation: W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program (Fall Cycle)

Key Deadlines: March 15, 2018 (CWRU internal letter of intent), April 15, 2018 (Concept papers due to ORA) October 25, 2018 (CWRU internal submission deadline); November 1, 2018 (Sponsor submission deadline).

The W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by funding fundamental, high-risk research in two specific areas: 1) medical research and 2) science and engineering. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply. CWRU may submit two proposals per funding cycle: one (1) in Medical Research and one (1) in Science and Engineering Research.

Number of Applications Allowed: Two (One medical; one science and engineering)

Amount of Funding: Up to $1,000,000 over three years

Program Website:


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

Grants of up to $1 million over 3 years are awarded for projects in science and engineering research and medical research that:

  • Focus on basic, early stage, emerging areas of research, not on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development;
  • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies;
  • Have few, if any, peer groups pursuing comparable or related work;
  • Have high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm;
  • Have 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;
  • Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies; (Provide specifics. If you've been declined federal funding, provide the documentation stating why, if available.) and,
  • Demonstrate that the W. M. Keck Foundation's support is essential to the project's success.
Submission Process
   Step 1

Anyone wishing to pursue nomination for the program is encouraged to submit a brief "letter of intent" to Stephanie Endy at in the form of an e-mail message not to exceed 250 words no later than 5:00pm on March 15, 2018.

   Step 2

Review of the LOIs will be completed by March 20, 2018.

   Step 3

For consideration as a finalist, investigators must submit the a concept paper (use this template) by 5:00pm on April 15, 2018. The formatted concept paper should be accompanied by a cover letter outlining the name of the PI, the project title, and the PI department/division and school/college.

   Step 4

The Internal Selection Committee will select candidates, who will be notified via e-mail then will be worked with to refine their concept papers for a conference call with the foundation (call does not include PIs)

   Step 5

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by August 16, 2018, and will receive application development assistance through meetings, proposal editing, proposal refinement, and submission coordination.

   Step 6

Final proposal must be received by the Office of Research Administration by October 25, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.

   Step 7

Final proposal must be received by the sponsor by November 1, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.

Days to the Deadline
Letter of intent due to Stephanie Endy
LOI review completed
Concept paper due to ORA
Concept Paper Refinement
Finalists notified
Proposal due to ORA
Proposal due to sponsor

Please contact Stephanie Endy in the Office of Research Administration at if you have questions about the process.

This page was last updated: 03/26/18