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Science & Engineering and Medical Research Programs -- Phase I


Sunday, November 01, 2015


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.

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.

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