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John Templeton Foundation

Ideas Challenge Winners

Congratulations to our 2020 Ideas Challenge winners! Over 250 unique ideas were submitted from applicants across the United States this year. Each submission were reviewed by a panel of judges who were blinded from the identity of the applicants.

Our top finalists received $1000 for each winning idea, which explore novel theoretical, philosophical, or scientific ideas useful for advancing the study of goal-directed, goal-seeking, or goal-suited phenomena in nature. A subset of these winners will be supported by the Foundation in forthcoming grants and other programmatic initiatives.

Select one of the topical areas related to the Science of Purpose below to view more about the winners and their project ideas.

 Agency

Anurag Agrawal J. Arvid Ågren Nicole Creanza
Nick Hollon Ambika Kamath Eric Mandelbaum
Felicity Muth

 Commonalities

Donald Bruckner Justin Garson

 Development

Mercedes Burns Michael Levin Armin Moczek
Jeremy Skrzypek

 Life

Zachary Adam Dee Denver Maaneli Derakhshani
Robert Hazen Matthew Pasek

 Macroevolution

Chris Kempes Thomas Linscott Lauren Sallan
Beckett Sterner

 Matter

William Fitzgerald Cristian Huepe

 Mechanisms

Christopher Bazinet James Bradley Zac Davis
Luis Pedro Garcia-Pintos Jake Gavenas Frank Keil
John Kounios Brian Lerch Patrick McNamara
Stephanie Miller

 Models

Ben Allen Dominic Halsmer Cristian Huepe
Tomas Leon Michael Levin Joanna Masel
John Realpe-Gomez

 Organization

Jonathan Askonas Anna Guerrero Elliot Nelson

 Open Track

Allen Buchanan James Dixon F. Enrique Guerra-Pujol
Caleb Hazelwood Michael Lachmann Maulik Parikh