December 14, 2010

W.M. Keck Foundation Funding Internal Proposal Submission Process

Vanderbilt University is eligible to put forward an institutional priority for funding to the W.M. Keck Foundation. A small group of projects will be identified and shared with the foundation’s program staff to determine which might be most competitive for funding. Grants from this program can range from $500,000 to $5M, but historically have averaged $1.5 million. Keck typically awards fewer than a dozen grants in its medical research and science and engineering programs, and on average only 20 percent of those are to institutions in the eastern United States.

Detailed information including program and funding restrictions and the requirements for a concept document for internal consideration can be downloaded here. Interested faculty are also encouraged to visit the foundation’s website and review recently announced findings from an assessment of the medical research program. These findings will inform the foundation’s grant-making in basic science and medical research going forward.

Initial concept papers should be submitted by Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, to Jennifer Howe, associate vice chancellor, Development and Alumni Relations (322-6200 or She is coordinating Vanderbilt’s efforts, including any direct contact with Keck Foundation officers. If you have questions about this opportunity, please feel free to inquire with her or contact Dennis Hall, vice provost for Research and dean of the Graduate School (322-2809 or or Susan Wente, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for Research and senior associate dean for Biomedical Sciences (936-3455 or