Research Management Group (RMG)

W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program
"Call for Concept Papers"

***LIMITED AWARD NOTICE --university-wide internal selection process required (first at the school level, then at the Dean of Research Office). Faculty with PI eligibility (with UTL, MCL, and NTL-Research appointments) across the natural and earth sciences, engineering, and medicine at all ranks are eligible. Keck has a stated interest in interdisciplinary research, thus proposals may also come from a team of faculty across departments, disciplines, or schools. Amount of funding: $2 million**

Website: http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/research

Timeline:
Internal deadline for each School (see contacts below**): Monday, June 9, 2014, 4 p.m. (see the internal submission guidelines at the end of this message)
Each school submits their top four concept papers to the Dean of Research Office: Monday, June 30, 2014, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014: Dean of Research Office internal selection committee results posted
November 1, 2014: Phase I application due
January 15, 2015: Notification of Invitation to full Phase II proposal
February 15, 2015: Full proposal/Phase II deadline (by invitation)

**School Contacts:
Faculty will submit their internal proposals, per the internal submission guidelines at the end of this message, to their school's respective contact person:

# of applicants permitted: Up to eight concept papers total may be submitted to the foundation, one of which (for each program) may then be selected to advance to the Phase I application process.


Eligibility

Faculty with PI status (those with UTL, MCL, NTL-Research appts) across the natural and earth sciences, engineering, and medicine at all ranks are eligible.
Keck has a stated interest in interdisciplinary research, thus proposals may also come from a team of faculty across departments, disciplines, or schools.


Amount of funding:

Keck is currently asking that we hold funding requests to not more than $2 million.
Awards may fund a multi-year project over a period of up to five years.
Although Keck does not require formal cost sharing, the foundation does not like to be the sole funder of a project and likes to see a significant commitment to the project from the applicant’s home institution. Toward the Stanford commitment, Keck will recognize overhead (it does not pay indirect costs, including the university infrastructure charge) and graduate student support, as well as commitments of space, renovations, and equipment.


Stanford University contact for questions:

Brooke Groves-Anderson at 725-6250 or bgrovesa@stanford.edu

W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program
The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting 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 their field. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies.


Funding Guidelines - Programmatic Criteria:


Projects should encourage self-sufficiency rather than continuing dependence on W.M. Keck Foundation support.


Grant recipients:
For additional guidance, be sure to review abstracts for recent grants made by Keck at:
Science and Engineering and Medical Research recipients:
http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/research/medical-research-grant-abstracts

For previous Keck grants to Stanford, see:
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2008/february6/keck-020608.html
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2008/august6/med-keck-080608.html
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2010/march/researchers-keck-award-031210.html
http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2013/october/brief-keck-1015.html


Projects Ineligible for Funding


Concept Paper Guidelines
See the internal submission guidelines at the end of this message. The following is for your reference.
Concept papers should be one page, single-spaced, using 12-point font and 1-inch margins, inclusive of illustrations and references. Papers longer than a page will not be read by the Foundation; thus, illustrations are discouraged at this stage. Each concept paper should include:
an overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects and pilot studies;

Faculty 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’s room.


Concept Paper Suggestions


Internal submission guidelines:

By Monday, June 9, 2014, 4 p.m., each faculty member should submit one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below to their respective school's representative:

PDF file name: Last name_Keck_Concept_Paper.pdf

Institutional representatives: not applicable. You can submit your internal proposals directly to your school's contact person.

1) Title Page
W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program-Call for Concept Papers
Title of your proposal
PI name, title, department, contact information (including address, email, phone)

2) Nomination letter, printed on your department letterhead addressed as follows**, signed by your division chief or your department chair
This letter should address the dollar amount of the proposal and confirmation that the department is committed to working with the applicant to identify additional funds needed, including the university infrastructure charge.

** Each nomination letter should be addressed as follows (according to your respective school):

3) One-page description of proposed project, see Concept paper guidelines and suggestions above

4) List of all funding, current and pending (include name of sponsor, amount and term of funding)



Selection process

Each School will select their top four concept papers to forward to Jeanne Heschele by June 30, 2014, for distribution to the Dean of Research limited program review committee. That committee will select up to eight proposals to be forwarded to Brooke Groves-Anderson in the Office of Development, the liaison with the Keck Foundation, for futher follow up.

 

 

 


 

 

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