The Keck Foundation strives to fund collaborative endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. Projects are typically team-based. Keck 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. In all programs, "transformative" may mean creation of a new field of research, development of new instrumentation enabling observations not previously possible, or discovery of knowledge that challenges prevailing perspectives.
Prior to Phase I written submission to the Foundation, the Vice Provost for Research is invited to conduct a concept conference call with Foundation program officers regarding Rice’s potential project(s). This process will serve to select project(s) to be discussed on that call. The Foundation requests that PIs not participate in the initial screening phone call.
Given the foundation’s stated priorities, the Office of Research and OCFR have determined that, to be eligible for the internal competition, applicants must have a federal rejection for the project in-hand to submit to the Keck Foundation. These rejection notices should, ideally, identify a proposal as “too high-risk” or “too ambitious” for federal funding.
Two cycles per year; PIs must provide a rejected federal funding proposal.
This is a limited submission opportunity. Click Read More to enter the internal competition.
Award details and award period: $1 million