Research in genetics was a longstanding interest of Sir John Templeton, who saw the field’s extraordinary potential for explaining the deepest principles of life’s evolution and for providing large-scale, transformative breakthroughs in fields like medicine and agriculture. He was particularly interested in how major advances in genetics might serve to empower individuals, leading to spiritually beneficial social and cultural changes.
The Foundation’s engagement with this Core Funding Area is still in its early stages, and we are not currently accepting unsolicited proposals on genetics. The only current opportunity for support in this area is through our Funding Priority, "Can Genetically Modified Crops Help to Feed the World?" The Foundation’s initial investments in genetics can be seen in the grants listed below, and we look forward to developing a broader grant portfolio, in keeping with Sir John’s great hopes for the field, in the years ahead.