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Foundation News at Emory

  • The Keck Foundation's Request for Projects (short description of project due December 7): Keck’s Research Program supports projects in medical research and science and engineering that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.  Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply. The Keck Foundation could be a good prospect for funding if you have a basic science research project that:
      • Focuses on important and emerging areas of research
      • Will be transformative across multiple fields
      • Is a “great leap” project with the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation, or methodologies 
      • Has been rejected for federal funding due to the riskiness or lack of fit
      • Is innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary, and
      • Demonstrates a high level of risk
  • Process:  If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please provide Lucy (lucy_grantham@emory.edu) with a short description of your project no later than Friday, December 7. The description should be no more than a couple of paragraphs and include an estimated budget and brief justification for Keck support.  If the project is consistent with Keck's requirements, you will be contacted by a member of Emory’s internal review committee to discuss the project in more detail. Please link here for a full description of the call for proposals.
  • Keck does not pay for indirect costs. If you have any questions, please contact Lucy Grantham, Director, Foundation Relations at (404) 727-4096 or lucy_grantham@emory.edu.


  • The Marcus Foundation awarded a new $5 million gift to the Department of Pediatrics in Emory University School of Medicine to renew support for 15 pediatrician/researchers in the Marcus Society of Pediatrics. The Marcus Professors practice medicine at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and conduct research in laboratories at Emory School of Medicine. For more information, please visit the Emory News Center.


  •  The Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI) is an educational program designed to teach modern science to Tibetan monastics. With a generous new grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, ETSI expanded in 2018. Two small science labs will be created and three summer intensive courses were offered to the first cohort of Tibetan Buddhist nuns from five nunneries across India. The ultimate goal of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative is to build a bridge between two complementary systems of knowledge by educating future scientific collaborators who can contribute to new discoveries in the science of mind and body. For more information on the Emory-Tibet Partnership, please visit https://www.tibet.emory.edu/about/index.html


  • The Templeton World Charity Foundation awarded $550,000 to Emory Mathematician Ken Ono for The Spirit of Ramanujan Talent Initiative, a global program to identify and nurture gifted students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Visit the YouTube video and Emory's News Center for more information.




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