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Recently Approved Grants

Human Sciences

Project TitleGrantee(s)Project Leader(s)Grant Amount
University of BristolJean Golding; Kate Northstone$234,800
Scholarship for International Faculty/Students to Attend Spirituality & Health Research WorkshopDuke UniversityHarold Koenig; Benjamin Doolittle$115,411


Natural Sciences

Project TitleGrantee(s)Project Leader(s)Grant Amount
Wesleyan UniversityJoseph Rouse$233,297


Philosophy and Theology

Project TitleGrantee(s)Project Leader(s)Grant Amount
Panentheism and Religious LifeThe Johns Hopkins UniversityYitzhak Melamed; Clare Carlisle$232,748
SCP Graduate Fellowships for Science Cross-Training Round 4Society of Christian PhilosophersKevin Timpe; Christian Miller$234,045


Public Engagement

Project TitleGrantee(s)Project Leader(s)Grant Amount
Conflict as an Opportunity for Cultivating Virtue: Expanding and Deepening The Colossian WayThe Colossian ForumMichael Gulker; Rob Barrett$1,000,298
Synergos Spiritual Civilization GroupSynergos InstituteMelissa Durda; Marilia Bezerra$232,553
S&BQ: The Science and the Big Questions Aggregator WebsiteScience Sites Inc.Marc Kaufman; Heather Wax$225,400
CLAL — The National Jewish Center for Learning and LeadershipGeoffrey Mitelman$234,799
Planning Grant: Magis Center Faith and Reason Digital CampaignMagis InstituteRobert Spitzer; Joseph Miller$229,000
Closer to Truth: Philosophy of BiologyThe Kuhn FoundationRobert Kuhn; Peter Getzels$1,323,350


Character Virtue Development

Project TitleGrantee(s)Project Leader(s)Grant Amount
Celebration BritainUniversity of BirminghamJames Arthur$6,559,254
New Measures for the Experimental Study of Autonomous Prosocial MotivationRegents of The University of California at San DiegoMichael McCullough; Eric Pedersen$234,800
Curiosity and Classrooms: An exploration of curiosity and the development of intellectual virtues in schoolsRector & Visitors of the University of VirginiaJamie Jirout; Virginia Vitiello$799,935
Virtues and Vocations: Developing sustainable, scalable, sector-specific programmes for postgraduate character virtue formationChancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of OxfordNigel Biggar; Edward Brooks$2,550,984


Individual Freedom & Free Markets

Project TitleGrantee(s)Project Leader(s)Grant Amount
Documentary Series on Free Speech and ExpressionFree to Choose NetworkRobert Chatfield; Tom Skinner$1,500,000
Invigorating the Discourse: Challenges to the Future of Classical Liberal ThoughtInstitute for Humane StudiesJonathan Fortier; Emily Birchmier$2,250,088


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Five Steps to Opening Minds
A Browsable, Theological Treasure-Chest
Beyond the First Glimpse: Extending Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative
Nudging Empathy: Harnessing Motivation to Create Sustainable Empathic Choices
Christianity and Social Change in Contemporary Africa
SelfBound: The Making of Human Consciousness
The Development of Forgiveness


Grantees in the News

Article TitleDatePublicationRelated Project Title
How many stars eventually collide as black holes? The universe has a budget for that.January 31, 2020Vanderbilt UniversityThe Black Hole Initiative: Towards a Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Competing Renewal
Improving the manipulation of microparticles by soundJanuary 24, 2020Phys.orgExploring ways to use temporal correlations in quantum mechanics.
Nature study: First ancient DNA from West Africa illuminates the deep human pastJanuary 22, 2020EurekAlert!The Ancient DNA Atlas of Humanity
Potential way to halt blinding macular degeneration identifiedJanuary 22, 2020EurekAlert!Parallel Genomics: Functional cartography of extrachromosomal DNA
Templeton, Moore Foundations Award Black Hole Initiative $7.2 MillionJanuary 21, 2020Philanthropy News DigestThe Black Hole Initiative: Towards a Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Competing Renewal
Worried About Staff Stress And Burnout? Six Ways Nonprofit Leaders Can Promote Resilience At WorkJanuary 10, 2020ForbesEarth as a School: Finding Meaning, Relating to God, and Experiencing Growth After a Natural Disaster
How Negativity Can Kill a RelationshipJanuary 9, 2020The AtlanticA book on the power of positive thinking to overcome negativity bias
The Birds and the Bats: Evolving to Fly May Have Had Big Effect on Gut MicrobiomeJanuary 7, 2020UC San Diego HealthConvergent Evolution of the Vertebrate Microbiome
Can religion be explained by brain wiring? faithful say noDecember 20, 2019The National TribuneReligious Understandings of Science
Can a Shared Sense of Awe Help Us Overcome Political Polarization?December 18, 2019Experience L!feThe Universality of Awe
St Andrews Divinity School awarded £3.4m grant to create free online theology encyclopaediaDecember 12, 2019Christian TodayDeveloping and Launching the St. Andrews Encyclopaedia of Theology
The new science of spiritual fortitude: The key to enduring faithDecember 9, 2019Religion News ServiceEarth as a School: Finding Meaning, Relating to God, and Experiencing Growth After a Natural Disaster
New international research project to study religion’s impact on family size and child healthDecember 5, 2019New Zealand DoctorThe Evolutionary Dynamics of Religion, Family Size, and Child Success
Prayer and Mental HealthDecember 3, 2019Psychology TodayAdvancing Health, Religion, and Spirituality Research from Public Health to End of Life


Research Publications

Article TitleDatePublicationRelated Project Title
Spin-dependent charge transfer at chiral
electrodes probed by magnetic resonance
January 21, 2020Physical Chemistry Chemical PhysicsWhy Nature is Chiral: The role of chirality in making processes essential for life efficient
Comparative Analyses of Vertebrate Gut Microbiomes Reveal Convergence between Birds and BatsJanuary 7, 2020mBioConvergent Evolution of the Vertebrate Microbiome
The Neural Basis of Predictive PursuitJanuary 6, 2020Nature NeuroscienceThe Role of Religion in Social Change: The Case of “Secret Society” Religions
Attachment, culture, and gene-culture coevolution: expanding the evolutionary toolbox of attachment theory January 2, 2020Attachment & Human DevelopmentThe Representation of God in relation to Self Interview (RGSI): A move to the representational level in the attachment-religion connection
When mother knows best: A population genetic model of transgenerational versus intragenerational plasticityJanuary 1, 2020Journal of Evolutionary BiologyPutting the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis to the Test
What comes to mind?January 1, 2020CognitionReasoning in moral thought and action
Child sleep and mother labour market outcomesJanuary 1, 2020Journal of Health EconomicsProgramme on the enjoyment of life and virtuous behaviour: their determinants and actions to influence them
Using HARPS-N to characterise the long-period planets in the PH-2 and Kepler-103 systemsDecember 21, 2019Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical SocietyOpportunity M: The Fast Track to Find Other Inhabited Worlds
Allostery and Kinetic ProofreadingDecember 13, 2019The Journal of Physical Chemistry BThe Boundaries of Life Research Initiative: Asking fundamental questions about the origins, evolution and diversity of life on Earth and beyond
Joy: An introduction to this special issueDecember 4, 2019The Journal of Positive PsychologyKindling the Science of Joy: Conceptualizing and Measuring Joy
Violence reduces attention to faces and draws attention to points of contactDecember 1, 2019Scientific ReportsDeveloping the Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom
Increased similarity of neural responses to experienced and empathic distress in costly altruismDecember 1, 2019Scientific ReportsExamining the role of shared neural representations of pain-related affect in empathy and altruism
Assessment of Glyphosate Induced Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Pathologies and Sperm Epimutations: Generational ToxicologyDecember 1, 2019Scientific ReportsEpigenetic Diagnostics for Preventative Medicine
Modular quantum computation in a trapped ion systemDecember 1, 2019Nature CommunicationsOccam’s Quantum Mechanical Razor: Can Quantum theory admit the Simplest Understanding of Reality?