The W.M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 in Los Angeles by William Myron Keck, founder of The Superior Oil Company. Following the ideals of its founder, the Keck Foundation’s objective is to support outstanding science, engineering and medical research, undergraduate education, and, in Southern California, community service projects that will have a significant impact in solving complex issues and problems. In the area of biomedical research, the Keck Foundation funds basic research projects proposed by early career and more senior researchers, the development of new scientific instruments and technologies and the establishment of unique laboratories at universities and research institutes. In its Southern California Program the Foundation places special emphasis on children, youth and their families, with the goal of providing safe, healthy, supportive environments. Through this program the Keck Foundation funds health care projects and programs in Southern California hospitals and clinics.