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Human Sciences

Project Title Grantee(s) Project Leader(s) Grant Amount
Tracking and Understanding the Effects of Transformative Events in People’s Lives Regents of the University of Michigan Rada Mihalcea; James Pennebaker $1,684,328
Systematic Review and Analysis of US Federal Investments in Research on Religion and Health University of Connecticut Crystal Park; John Salsman $234,207
The Third Religion, Economics and Society (RES) Initiative: Making the Economic Study of Religion and Religious Markets a Field of the Future Chapman University Jared Rubin $325,346
Divine forgiveness: Phase 1 Florida State University Research Foundation Inc. Frank Fincham $233,994
Religion and human flourishing – new empirical approaches President and Fellows of Harvard College Tyler VanderWeele $1,226,926


Philosophy & Theology

Project Title Grantee(s) Project Leader(s) Grant Amount
The Genealogical Adam and Peaceful Science Washington University S. Joshua Swamidass $103,029


Public Engagement

Project Title Grantee(s) Project Leader(s) Grant Amount
Project to Foster Intellectual Humility and Counter the Psychology of Tribalism Union Theological Seminary Robert Wright $233,999
Science and Religion: A Dialogue of Cultures The Lumen Christi Institute Thomas Levergood; Michael Le Chevallier $234,767
The Big Ideas Series: Production, Distribution, and Evaluation, The World Science Festival (WSF) World Science Foundation Tracy Day $2,984,698


Recently Featured Grants

Is Empathy a Renewable Resource?
How Does Religious Participation Affect Human Flourishing
A Scientific Approach to Living in Love: A Framework for the Future
The Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology of Christian Trust in God


Grantees in the News

Article Title Date Publication Related Project Title
Philosophers Win $1.1 Million in Grants to Study Epistemology of Religion January 24, 2019 Daily Nous The Christian West and Islamic East: Theology, Science, and Knowledge
Baylor University Receives $2.6 Million Grant from the John Templeton Foundation for Character Strength Interventions in Adolescents January 23, 2019 Baylor University Character Strength Interventions in Adolescents: Engaging Scholars and Practitioners to Promote Virtue Development
The Art of Decision-Making January 21, 2019 The New Yorker Aspects of Religious Experiences: Investigations from Science, Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies
Program equips graduates of traditional Muslim schools for engagement with wider world January 18, 2019 The Christian Century Advancing Scientific and Theological Literacy in Madrasa Discourses in India
Dementia and religion: Inside a church’s Alzheimer’s caregiver support group January 18, 2019 The Salt Lake Tribune Double Helix: Informing the public about how science and religion are intertwined
Are Our Brains Wired for Free Will? January 10, 2019 Dartmouth News The Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth
USC’s Spiritual Exemplars Project to Uncover Stories of Hope January 8, 2019 University of Southern California Spiritual Exemplars: A Global Project on Engaged Spirituality
“Servant Leaders.” The Foundation That Wants to Cultivate Key Virtues Among Educators January 4, 2019 Inside Philanthropy Can Leadership Virtues be Taught? Developing Virtuous School Leaders
New Harvard Study Finds That Parental Warmth in Childhood is Associated with Subsequent Flourishing Across Multiple Domains January 3, 2019 PR Newswire Advancing Health, Religion, and Spirituality Research from Public Health to End of Life


Research Publications

Article Title Date Publication Related Project Title
Lessons learned: Young children’s use of generic-you to make meaning from negative experiences January 1, 2019 Journal of Experimental Psychology: General The Toolbox Project: Changing the way children learn about self-control
Parental warmth and flourishing in mid-life January 1, 2019 Social Science & Medicine Advancing Health, Religion, and Spirituality Research from Public Health to End of Life
Predictive coding in the psychological sciences of religion: on flexibility, parsimony, and comprehensiveness January 2, 2019 Religion, Brain & Behavior The Representation of God in relation to Self Interview (RGSI): A move to the representational level in the attachment-religion connection
On the Reciprocally Causal and Constructive Nature of Developmental Plasticity and Robustness January 10, 2019 Frontiers in Genetics Putting the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis to the Test
Comparative genomics of Bacteria commonly identified in the built environment January 28, 2019 BMC Genomics ELSI Origins Network (EON) for Research Into the Origins of Life