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Keck Research Program


Friday, January 30, 2015

The Keck 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, medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. Historically grants range from $500,000 to $5 million and are typically $2 million or less.

This is a limited submission process and will be coordinated by Anthony Nicotera, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, at the Rutgers University Foundation. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Anthony: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 848-932-2350.

Here are details regarding our Rutgers process:
· Rutgers University can submit only two Phase I applications, one from each category (Science and Engineering & Medical Research).
· Prior to submitting a Phase I application it is REQUIRED the PI submit a Concept Paper (see below).
· Please send your Concept Paper to Anthony as an email attachment no later than Friday, January 30.
· All Concept Papers are reviewed internally by appropriate deans and university leadership.
· PI’s will be notified no later than Feb. 9 as to whether their Concept Paper will be presented to Keck during our Pre-application Counseling Call (see below).
· As many as 8 Concept Papers (4 in each area) will be shared with Keck during this call; NOTE: Per Keck guidelines, PI’s will NOT participate in the call.
· Our Pre-application Counseling Call with Keck will take place the week of Feb. 9.
· After this call, deans and university leadership, taking into consideration Keck feedback, will select the two Phase I applicants who will represent Rutgers.
· The Phase I application deadline is May 1. (Grant Cycle Timeline)

Funding is awarded to universities and institutions nationwide for projects in research that:
Focus on important and emerging areas of research
Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies
Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
Do not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development
Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies (e.g. a rejection letter from NSF or government agency is a plus)
Demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success

Single-paged (1 page) concepts for the Research Program should be in 12 point font with 1 inch margins and should include:
an overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects and pilot studies (indicate area of emphasis for project - medical research or science and engineering research);
a description of the methodologies and key personnel;
a brief justification of the need for Keck support; and
an estimated budget broken down, if possible, by major areas, e.g., personnel, equipment, consumable supplies, etc. (budgets can be rough approximations at this stage).

If there’s room, the authors 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.). Avoid illustrations in these single-pagers – researchers will need all the room for text. If a reference is necessary, abbreviate it as (Science, 323, 45, ‘11). DO NOT USE (Jones et al., 2011).

Please email Anthony your Concept Paper no later than Friday, January 30: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

· This call is held with members of the Keck Foundation and the RU CFR liaison to Keck; RU deans may also be invited to participate. The PI does not participate.
· We can submit up to 4 concepts in the Science and Engineering area and up to 4 concepts in the Medical Research area.
· Our Pre-application Counseling Call with Keck will take place the week of Feb. 9.
· At the close of the discussion, members of the Keck Foundation review panel will provide feedback
· This feedback will be utilized by deans and university leadership to decide which two candidates will represent Rutgers as Phase I research applicants.

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