W. M. Keck Foundation

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W.M. Keck Foundation
Founded 1954
Founder William Myron Keck
Focus supporting scientific, engineering, and medical research
Area served
United States
Website www.wmkeck.org

The W. M. Keck Foundation is an American charitable foundation supporting scientific, engineering, and medical research in the United States. It was founded in 1954 by William Myron Keck, founder and president of Superior Oil Company (now part of ExxonMobil). The Foundation's trust fund currently has assets in excess of 1 billion U.S. Dollars.


From its founding until his death in 1964, the Foundation was led by William Myron Keck. From 1964 to 1995, it was led by W. M. Keck's son, Howard B. Keck. Robert Addison Day, W. M. Keck's grandson has been chairman and president since 1996.

The Foundation provides grants in five broad areas: science and engineering research, undergraduate science and engineering, medical research, liberal arts, in Southern California. Some of the more notable projects that have received funding from the Keck Foundation include:

The Keck Foundation has been a long-time supporter of public television in Southern California, including underwriting the broadcast of Sesame Street on KCET since the 1970s.


The foundation has a maximum grant of 5m, though funding is typically 2m or less.

The W. M. Keck foundation has these requirements for funding:

  • Research that is high impact and that questions or challenges the prevailing paradigm[3]
  • Research projects that no one else is pursuing[3]
  • A new research project that is in its early stages[3]
  • Basic research, not translational or clinical research[3]
  • Research that would result in general information and new methodologies that can be of benefit to the field, even if the project were to go awry[3]
  • Research projects that are not funded by any other foundation, and research projects that could not move along without Keck funding[3]
  • Though this is not a requirement, the W.M. Keck Foundation prefers projects that involve some kind of collaboration over single investigator research[3]

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  1. ^ "ABOUT THE GULF COAST CONSORTIA". Archived from the original on Sep 30, 2013. Retrieved Sep 30, 2013. In 2001 the GCC was created with a $3.5M gift from the W. M. Keck Foundation to foster collaborative research and training. [...] The GCC is composed of a training arm, the Keck Center for Quantitative Biomedical Bioscience Training, and a research arm, [...] 
  2. ^ http://www.pepperdine.edu/annualreports/2002/spanning.htm
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program" (PDF). foundations.mit.edu. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.