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Of Current Interest

Special Grants: Disaster Relief

Although we do not have a disaster relief program, in October 2020 we made special grants to help with West Coast wildfire relief.  The Foundation recently awarded $1 million in special grants to organizations on the front lines fighting these disasters.

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Keck Foundation Grants $10 Million for COVID-19 Research and Community Needs in Southern California

The W. M. Keck Foundation has made $10 million in grants for COVID-19 research and emergency relief efforts to USC, UCLA and a host of non-profit groups that are on the front lines fighting the virus in Southern California.

Press Release


Impact Story: Magnetoelectric Sensors

With funding from the W. M. Keck Foundation, Northeastern University’s Nian Sun and colleagues developed devices that provide a new way of measuring neural activity that is not voltage-dependent.  The grant generated an additional, unexpected and very important outcome.

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Impact Story: Mimicking Enzymes, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemists Produce Large, Useful Carbon Rings

A grant made in 2000 to support a Center for Chemical Genomics to use synthetic organic chemistry and high-throughput screening techniques to study biologically significant molecules continues to pay scientific dividends today.

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Annual Reports

2019: Structures

This year's annual report highlights projects that explore important structures - a fitting title for a year in which we made important Foundation governance changes, continued funding basic science that explores biological and physical properties, and made several large, special grants to support facilities that provide fabric for our region for years to come.



Our Mission

Far-Reaching Benefits

The W. M. Keck Foundation seeks to generate far-reaching benefits for humanity by supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medicine, and organizations that enrich the lives of children, youth and families.

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Program Guidelines

Upcoming Phase I Application Deadline for All Programs

Phase I applications for the November 2, 2020 deadline must be submitted no later than 4:30pm (PT) on deadline day.  Program information and submission instructions can be found under the following links:

Research Program Phase I Information

Southern California Program Phase I Information

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