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Applications until June 10, 2021

These instructions are intended for VU investigators. VUMC investigators are to visit the OOR Funding Opportunity Site.

Vanderbilt University may submit up to two proposals, one in medical research and one in science and engineering, for the WM Keck Foundation Research Program. The Office of the Vice-Rector for Research is currently soliciting concept papers, which will be presented to the Keck Foundation for comment during a consultation phone call in fall 2021. The goal of the program is to benefit humanity by supporting work that has a distinctive and innovative approach, challenges a dominant paradigm, or has the potential to open up new territory in a field. Grants are usually awarded for approximately $1 million, and summaries of previously funded proposals can be found here. Indirect costs are not allowed.

Program Priorities for Funding

  • focus on important and emerging areas of research
  • have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instruments or methodologies
  • are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
  • demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches or by challenging the dominant paradigm
  • have the potential to have a transformative impact, such as the creation of a new field of research, the possibility of observations that were previously impossible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
  • does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials, or research for the sole purpose of developing drugs
  • do not fall within the remit of public funding agencies
  • demonstrate that private philanthropy in general, and the WM Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the success of the project

Concept Paper Requirements

  • Must be a single page with 12 point font and 1 inch margins
  • Please indicate the area of ​​interest of the project: medical research or science and engineering research
  • Include an overview of the proposed project with a focus on unique aspects and pilot studies – emphasize attributes that address program priorities e.g. high level of risk, transformative impact
  • Include a description of methodologies and key personnel
  • Include a brief rationale for the need for Keck support – competitive proposals will provide evidence that the proposed research is not suitable for federal funding opportunities, i.e. reviewer comments or program officer discussion
  • Include an estimated budget broken down, if possible, by broad areas, e.g. personnel, equipment, consumable supplies, etc. (budgets may be rough approximations at this stage)

Internal Application Instructions

Interested teachers should visit to submit an application for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity. The deadline for the internal competition is June 10, 2021.

Any questions regarding this opportunity or the LSO process can be directed to [email protected]