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W.m. Keck Foundation




The Foundation’s objective is to support outstanding science, engineering, and medical research, undergraduate education, and in Southern California, community services projects that will have a significant impact on solving complex issues and problems. The Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages high-risk projects with the potential for transformative impact. “High risk” is defined as projects that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm. “Transformative” may mean the creation of a new field of research, the development of new instrumentation enabling observations not previously possible, or discovery of knowledge that challenges prevailing perspectives. Grants are awarded to research institutions and accredited colleges and universities primarily in the areas of science, engineering, and medical research. Eligible institutions include public research universities, medical schools, and major independent, scientific, and medical research institutions. Private, predominantly undergraduate institutions may submit requests only if located in Foundation designated states. Organizations that address undergraduate needs at the national level are also eligible. The Southern California Program supports organizations providing arts and cultural enrichment, civic and community services, early childhood and pre-college education, and health care. Additional information including a map of eligible states can be found on the Web site.

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