Science & Engineering and Medical Research Programs - Phase 1

Funding Agency: 

Keck (W.M.) Foundation

Duke University is seeking cutting-edge science, engineering, and medical research projects to consider for presentation to the W.M. Keck Foundation. Because Keck will accept a maximum of two proposals from the university (one each in science/engineering and medical research), we are conducting an internal review process to identify and select competitive ideas.


The Keck Foundation supports “pioneering discoveries in science, engineering, and medical research” that fall outside the mission of NIH, NSF and other public funding agencies. The Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm. "Transformative" may mean creation of a new field of research, development of new instrumentation enabling observations not previously possible, or discovery of knowledge that challenges prevailing perspectives. Keck will only fund proposals that are truly outside the scope of traditional funding agencies.

To make grant determinations, the Foundation relies upon a wide range of input, including assessments by its professional staff, site visits (where appropriate), peer reviews, the latest available scientific information in print, and presentations by experts in scientific, medical and health and human service fields.

By funding the high-risk/high-impact work of leading researchers, the Foundation is laying the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions, and add to our understanding of the world. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply.

·         Duke Internal Deadline: December 5, 2016 by 5:00 PM

·         Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2017

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