To: Chairs, Departments in the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences
From: Nick Novak, Graduate School
Date: October 14, 2013
Subject: Keck Foundation Science & Engineering Research Grant Program
Nominations are due at your Associate Dean for Research Office on Friday, November 1; Applications are due to Graduate School from the Dean's Office on Wednesday, November 13.
The W.M. Keck Foundation's Science and Engineering Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting high-risk/high-impact projects that are distinctive and novel in their approach to intractable problems, push the edge of their field, or question the prevailing paradigm. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm. "Transformative" may mean creation of a new field of research, the enabling observations not previously possible, or discovery of knowledge that challenges prevailing perspectives. Past grants have been awarded to support pioneering science and engineering research and the development of promising new technologies, and to facilitate the purchase of advanced instruments where such instruments would further research ideas. Budgets should be between $500,000 and $1 million. (Note: We are not requesting applications for the Biomedical Research Program at this time due to a recent award in that area).
The number of proposals UW–Madison may submit is limited to one.
NOTE: Keck Foundation proposals requires a substantial amount of institutional commitment (approximately 20-25% of the grant amount in non-sponsored flexible funds) from UW-Madison. For this reason, interested faculty or academic staff are encouraged to contact the Associate Dean for Research in their school/college prior to beginning work on a proposal (see listing on cover page).
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Internal Competition Application Instructions:
Applications for internal review: Send your paper application for the internal competition to your School/College Associate Dean for Research by Friday, November 1, 2012. Your application for the internal competition should include the following information:
Your School/College Associate Dean for Research will complete a review process and forward one or two proposals to the Graduate School (321 Bascom Hall) by Wednesday, November 13.
Proposals to the Keck Foundation are sent through the UW Foundation. The PI of the proposal selected to go forward will work with the UW Foundation on submission.
If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Nick Novak (608) 265-4868 or email email@example.com