Keck Foundation - Call for Concept Papers 
  • Deadline: December 21, 2020 (1 pm) email to


  • The Keck Foundation funds promising projects likely to lead to new models and/or breakthroughs in fundamental science, engineering, and medical science. The Keck Foundation offers two distinct research grant opportunities to conduct this research, one in science/engineering and one in medical research.

  • The Keck Foundation looks to fund projects that would or do not qualify for federal funding from agencies like NSF and NIH due to the proposed project’s high-risk nature. Projects that have received federal funding or that have applications pending for federal funding are not strong candidates for funding for the Keck Foundation and will be screened out at the early stages of this process.
  • The Keck Foundation also looks for project personnel accomplished in terms of publications and journal citations and highly regarded in their area of research. The Foundation is open to funding faculty and faculty teams at junior and senior levels.

  • The Keck Foundation has advised Oregon State University that the maximum amount of funding we should seek on any research proposal is $1 million for a project up to three years. Further application details can be found at


A concept paper submitted and accepted for this funding cycle would result in the following approximate deadlines during the 2020 and 2021 calendar years:

December 21, 2020           

Deadline for concept papers submitted (by 1:00 pm)

By December 31

Research Office reviews concept papers and selects 1- 4 concepts for pre-application advice from the Keck Foundation in each research area.

Jan. 1 – Feb. 15                   

The Research Office has a pre-application advice session with the Keck Foundation.

Up to one proposal for science/engineering and up to one proposal for medical research are selected for the Phase I application.

February 15 – 28                 

The Research Office notifies PIs of feedback and whether the PI can submit a Phase I application to the Keck Foundation.

May 1

Phase I deadline. PIs are strongly encouraged to work with the OSU Foundation in developing their Phase I applications.

July 15, 2021                       

Keck Foundation notifies PI if an invitation is extended for a Phase II proposal.

August 15                             

Phase II deadline


Keck Foundation program officers conduct in-person or virtual visit with PIs. (Only successful Phase I projects have visits scheduled.)

November or December      

Keck Board meeting for review and funding decision

Anyone wishing to be considered for this funding cycle at Keck must be available to meet the above deadlines. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Please keep in mind that Keck has two funding cycles per year. A concept paper on your research project could be considered for future funding cycles if the timeline for this funding cycle does not work for your schedule. At present, the OSU Foundation and the Research Office plan to run a new Keck cycle every six months.

Monday, December 21, 2020
Date Open: 
Monday, April 29, 2019
Keck Foundation
Limit per Institution: