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Recently Approved Grants

Public Engagement

 Individual Freedom & Free Markets

Natural Sciences

Philosophy & Theology

Character Virtue Development

Project Title  Cultivating Genius Initiative Cultures of Trust and Institutions of Freedom Agency, Directionality, and Function: Foundations for a Science of Purpose The Successes and Failures of Science through the Lens of Intellectual Humility: Perspectives from the History and Philosophy of Science Testing the power of forecasting tournaments to foster judgmental accuracy, intellectual humility and open-mindedness in debates over human progress
 Grantee(s) World Science Foundation The Research Institute of Industrial Economics Regents of the University of Minnesota University of Durham Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
 Project Leader(s) Tracy Day, Brian Greene Niclas Berggren, Christian Bjørnskov Alan Love Nancy Cartwright, Robin Hendry Philip Tetlock, Igor Grossman
 Amount $2,280,938 $867,803 $14,559,516 $212,774 $626,427


September Grant Features

Of Monuments and Men: Exploring the 11,500 year old world of Göbekli Tepe Early-Career Astrophysicists and Social Scientists Will Have a Front-Row Seat for the Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s Groundbreaking Night Sky Survey Searching for Cosmic Company: Astrophysicist Jennifer Wiseman on the human fascination with alien life Why Mountains Make Us Weak in the Knees Paul Davies on ‘What’s Eating the Universe?’



Grantees in the News

Article Title Date Publication Grantee Mentioned
Are Childhood Dreams A Scam? Only If You Don’t Let Them Go September 30,2021 Yahoo!Finance Scott Barry Kaufman, Cognitive Psychologist, Founder of the Center for the Science of Human Potential
How housing that mixes young and old can improve the lives of both September 28, 2021 Seattle Times Marc Freedman, CEO of Encore.org
Death, Physics and Wishful Thinking September 27, 2021 Scientific American Leonard Susskind, Physicist, Stanford University
The 15 Best Meditation Podcasts of 2021 September 24, 2021 Healthline Krista Tippett, Host and Executive Producer of ‘On Being’
Liberty Medal shines a needed light on embattled dissidents abroad, as U.S influence wanes | Trudy Rubin September 16, 2021 The Philadelphia Inquirer Jeffrey Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center


Research Publications

Article Title Date Publication Related Project Title
Re-examining the role of family relationships in structuring perceived helping obligations, and their impact on moral evaluation September 29, 2021 Journal of Experimental Social Psychology Reasoning in moral thought and action
Toddlers draw broad negative inferences from wrongdoers’ moral violations September 20, 2021 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Infants’ and Toddlers’ Evaluations of Moral Character
Evolution and dispersal of snakes across the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction September 14, 2021 Nature Communications Increasing Complexity: The First Rule of Evolution?
Increasing and decreasing interregional brain coupling increases and decreases oscillatory activity in the human brain September 14, 2021 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America The Science & Philosophy of Self Control
Elinor’s Ostrom’s ‘realist orientation’: An investigation of the ontological commitments of her analysis of the possibility of self-governance September 1, 2021 Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization The Ideal of Self Governance


Monthly Grant Reports are compiled using highlights from the past month and are not a comprehensive report on all grant activity. If you have feedback or suggestions for future content to feature, please reach out to us at communications@templeton.org.