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Of Current Interest 

Impact Story:  Project Finds Lean Process Improvements Can Benefit the Bottom Line at Safety Net Hospitals

A demonstration project facilitated by the Institute for Medical Quality and funded by the W. M. Keck Foundation has shown that three safety net hospitals in the Los Angeles area successfully used lean process improvement to reduce ED length of stay.

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Upcoming Phase I Application Deadline

Phase I Applications for the Friday, November 1, 2019 deadline must be submitted no later than 4:30pm (PT) on deadline day.  Program information and submission instructions can be found under the following links:

Research Program Phase I Information

Southern California Program Phase I Information


Impact Story: The Deep-Time Data Infrastructure

A diverse team of researchers from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, RPI, Rutgers, and the University of Arizona, led by principal investigator, Robert M. Hazen of the Carnegie Institution for Science, have explored new ways to analyze and visualize the evolution of minerals, fossils, rocks, proteins, and planetary systems through billions of years of Earth history.

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Keck Foundation Gives $20 million to UCLA

A $20 million gift to UCLA will fund competitive biomedical research grants and support the renovation of the UCLA Medical Plaza, one of Southern California’s busiest outpatient care centers. The gift brings the W.M. Keck Foundation’s total giving to UCLA to $55 million, and its giving to University of California campuses to more than $165 million.

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Annual Reports

2018: Unleashing Potential

This year's annual report is a collection of stories that exemplify the Foundation's goal of unleashing potential at the front end of basic scientific and medical research.


2017: At the Interface

The theme for this year's report is "interface" - the place at which independent and often unrelated systems meet and act on or communicate with each other.


2016: Looking in On Nature

The 2016 annual report highlights promising new technologies, instrumentation and methodologies being designed to study the natural world at entirely new levels.

Policy Updates

Undergraduate Education Grantmaking Change

Effective May 2, 2019, the Foundation will no longer accept Undergraduate Education Program grant applications.  We will continue to support Undergraduate Education through transformative special projects.


Reporting Requirements

In accepting an award from the W.M. Keck Foundation, all grantees agree to comply with the Foundation's reporting requirements.  As of the July 31, 2019 deadline, all grantees must submit reports through the Foundation's online system.  Please click on the link below for the latest information:  

Reporting Requirements



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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