Internal Date:

Internal Proposals due: November 13, 2018


Amount of Award:

The Foundation has advised MIT that proposal budgets should be $1M over 2-3 years.  Anything other than this amount is unlikely to be selected for funding. 

*This award will incur underrecovery
Please note, this award does not cover graduate student tuition or indirect costs.

Requests for Nominations:

The Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting basic science research projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering. This research should be distinctive and novel in its approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory.  
The W. M. Keck Foundation is interested in supporting basic research projects that:
·         Have potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies;
·         Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches;
·         Have the potential for transformative impact;
·         Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies; and
·         Do not overlap existing areas that have been funded by the Keck Foundation (see http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/research/medical-research-grant-abstracts)
NOTE: If you have applied for a Keck internal competition in the past, please do not submit the same proposal again for consideration.

Areas of Research Supported:

Science and Engineering Research; and Medical Research

Number of Proposals:

MIT may submit one proposal in the Science and Engineering category and one proposal in the Medical Research category.

Nomination Materials:

Before submitting any nomination materials, please confer with Theresa Ulrich, Senior Director of Foundation Relations, taulrich@mit.edu or 617-324-6129. The W.M. Keck Foundation requests that all communications be conducted through a campus Liaison, who resides in the Office of Foundation Relations. Theresa can discuss in detail the types of projects that interest the Foundation.

The following nomination information should be submitted to vpr-contact@mit.edu by November 13, 2018.
  1. Cover page with name of PI(s), DLC, contact information and title of research project
  2. PI Biosketch (2 page maximum)
  3. Statement of support for this proposal from Department Head/Lab Director confirming underrecovery arrangements. An email is sufficient. 
The one page concept paper must be in 12-point font with 1-inch margins and must include: 
  • title of research project and area of emphasis for project (Medical Research or Science and Engineering Research); 
  • an overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects and pilot studies; 
  • description of the methodologies and key personnel;
  • a brief justification of the need for Keck support; and
  • an estimated budget broken down by major areas, e.g., personnel, equipment, consumable supplies, etc. The preliminary budget must be $1M over 2-3 years ​

Who May Submit:

All MIT Faculty with PI status.


Due Dates:

Internal competition proposal due: 07/13/2017

Phase 1 Proposals due to Sponsor:
4:30pm May 1,, 2019

Full Proposal (Phase 2, if invited) due to OSP:
August 8, 2019

Full Proposal (Phase 2, if invited) due to Sponsor:
4:30pm August 15, 2019


Additional Information - MIT Selection Process

In January-February 2019 concept papers will be selected for discussion with the Keck program staff. Following these discussions, one project in each category (Science & Engineering Research; and Medical Research) will be chosen as MIT’s institutional submissions and internal applicants will be notified.
If a project is selected there is a two-step proposal submission process. Phase I proposals will be due to The W. M. Keck Foundation on May 1, 2019 and invitations for full proposals will be made in July 2019. If invited, a full proposal is due on August 15, 2019. In September and October of 2019 Program Officer(s) may conduct site visits.
Please contact Theresa Ulrich at taulrich@mit.edu or Cathy Borgesen at borgesen@mit.edu with any questions.