Keck Foundation’s Interests for Its Research Grants 

For science/engineering projects and medical research projects, the Keck Foundation seeks to support projects likely to lead to new models or breakthroughs in fundamental science, engineering, and medical science. (The Keck Foundation is not interested in applied science.) 

A successful Keck Foundation proposal in either category could lead to the creation of a new field of research, development of new instrumentation that facilitates observations and the science of the previously unobservable, or discovery of knowledge that challenges prevailing perspectives and paradigms. Proposals should provide new and transformative answers or approaches to underlying questions in fundamental science and should address issues that seem unsolvable, unattainable, or intractable. 

The Keck Foundation funds proposals that are necessarily high-risk projects that push the edge of the field(s) and present unconventional approaches to intransient problems. The Keck Foundation does not fund projects that represent the “next logical step” in research or applied research. The Keck Foundation also prefers projects that do not qualify for funding from—or, better yet, have been previously rejected by—federal agencies, such as NSF and NIH, due to the proposed project’s high-risk nature. 

The ideal concept paper would attest to a previous federal agency’s declination due to the high-risk nature of the proposal in spite of high reviewer scores in federal agency proposal submissions. Successful proposals should hold promise of a significant breakthrough or new discovery in science, engineering, or medical research.

The bi-annual internal limited submission for Keck Foundation research grants is open in InfoReady and due on January 3, 2023 @ 11:59 pm.

The Dr. MLK Day of Service will take place on Jan. 13. This event is an opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through volunteer service. A light breakfast, snacks and hot lunch will be provided to participants. Check-in and meals will be held in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. Project times and locations vary; see the registration page for details. Community Engagement & Leadership will provide transportation to and from service projects. Register here:

The OSU Alumni Association is making spirits bright with “Festive Connections: Navigating Networking During the Holiday Season,” 4 p.m., Dec. 14. Executive recruiter Nick Poloni, ’15, unwraps the secret for helping you “sleigh” your networking game during this most wonderful time of the year. Register for this engaging and informative webinar for free at

Join this gathering to discuss the mental and emotional challenges that can come up during the holiday season. Attendees will also discuss self-care strategies to help you manage stress and maintain your mental health during this time. 9 a.m., Dec. 6. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn. Note: Lyra Learn is a separate login from Lyra Health; for ease of use, sign up for Lyra Learn with your work email address.

Check out the OSU Libraries’ free Graduate Student & Faculty Winter Break Workshops. All of these workshops are offered online (no need to travel to the library when it’s cold and wet outside!). Registration is required. For complete session descriptions, visit the workshop calendar page.  Can’t make it to a session?  Some of the sessions have online tutorials or recordings

Questions?  Ask Hannah Rempel,

Intro to Zotero: Manage Your Citations 

Tuesday, December 12, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., via Zoom

Intermediate/Advanced Zotero 

Tuesday, December 12, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., via Zoom

Intro to R 

Wednesday, December 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., via Zoom

Intro to GIS: QGIS Basics 

Wednesday, December 13, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., via Zoom

Illustrator for Scientific Figures 

Thursday, December 14, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., via Zoom

The Basic Needs Center has a Textbook Lending Library open to all on-campus students that includes books, calculators, chemistry model sets and more. Visit their website to see if they have your books or request one if they don’t. Checkouts begin January 8th; request your book by Dec. 11 to check it out at the start of the term. Pop by 1030 SW Madison Ave., call 541-737-3747 or email for questions and more textbook affordability advice.

It’s time to accelerate your startup, technology, and/or business idea! The OSU Advantage Accelerator is offering a virtual Accelerate program starting this January. In just nine weeks, streamline your value proposition, get to market faster and validate your product-market fit. The Accelerate program is open to OSU researchers, students and staff, and the Corvallis community who intend to start or grow an entrepreneurial venture and can qualify teams to receive NSF I-Corps funds. The fun starts Jan. 16. Learn more and apply here:

Join InclusiveExcellence@OSU for our Fall 2023 Faculty, Food, and Fun from 4-6 p.m., Nov. 30 in the Journey Room, Memorial Union or via Zoom. Inara Scott will share the work of OSU’s AI Taskforce in responding to this new frontier in higher education, and facilitate a collaborative discussion of the possibilities and pitfalls of AI in promoting equitable teaching. More information and RSVP here.