The Character Virtue Development funding area seeks to advance the science and practice of character, with a focus on moral, performance, civic, and intellectual virtues such as humility, gratitude, curiosity, diligence, and honesty.

Research we fund promises greater insight into the developmental science of virtues and character, including the identification of relevant precursors, correlates, developmental trajectories, and the assessment of potential inter-individual differences. We also provide support to organizations such as schools, religious institutions, and community organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate applied and translational research on character and virtue.

Character Virtue Development
Project Leader: Carol Greenwald, Richard Lerner
Grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation
Character Virtue Development
Project Leader: Keith Stanovich, Richard West
Grantee: James Madison University
Character Virtue Development
Project Leader: Ethan Kross, Angela Duckworth
Grantee: University of Michigan
Character Virtue Development
Project Leader: David Levin, Dominic Randolph
Grantee: The Character Lab
Character Virtue Development
Project Leader: Marc Margolius
Grantee: Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Inc.