The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking interdisciplinary and transformative project concepts for the W. M. Keck Foundation. Keck seeks to benefit humanity by supporting basic science projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in a field. In the past, funding requests have been capped at $1,000,000 in direct costs over three years. While larger budget requests are now allowed, most awards are $1M-$1.3M. Award extensions are not allowed. The foundation prefers projects that are not too clinical or too applied, not related to therapeutics, not disease-specific, and not a “logical next step” in research. The foundation also prefers to fund projects for which federal funding is not readily available.
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