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Of Current Interest

Keck Foundation Grants $62 Million in 2020 Including
$16 Million for COVID-19 Research and Community Needs in Southern California

The W. M. Keck Foundation has made $16 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.

In 2021, the Keck Foundation plans to continue its nationwide science and engineering and medical research programs and to support the Los Angeles arts and culture, education, health and community service projects it regularly funds.  Visit our grant abstracts for more on our recent funding.

Grant Summary


W. M. Keck Foundation Grantees win Nobel Prizes in Physics & Chemistry 

Congratulations to Keck Foundation grantees, Dr. Andrea Ghez and Dr. Jennifer Doudna on winning the Nobel Prize!

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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 Deadline - By Invitation ONLY

Once invited to submit a Phase II Proposal, online submissions for the June 2021 grant cycle must be submitted no later than Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 4:30pm (PT).  Unsolicited Phase II Proposals are not accepted at any time.  The Foundation encourages early submissions.  

For a complete list of the Foundation’s important dates and deadlines:

Grant Cycle Timeline


Current Counseling Advice Period

Counseling advice on Phase I Application submissions for the May 1, 2021 deadline will take place only between January 1 and February 15. Potential applicants are encouraged to submit their ideas for grants in the form of a single-page concept paper. For a complete list of the Foundation’s concept paper guidelines and process and important dates and deadlines:

Grant Cycle Timeline

Concept Paper Guideline


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