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Recently Approved Grants

Public Engagement
 Human Sciences
Life Sciences
Culture and Global Perspectives
Character Virtue Development
Project Title  Academic Ideas in the Public Sphere: Teaching Scientists and Philosophers How to Communicate with the Public The Open Science of Religion Project: Advancing Open Science and Registered Reports in the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Synthetic Living Machines and the Emergence of Purpose Religion, Family Structure and the Origins of Individual Freedom and Economic Prosperity Action Research Program for Latin American Teachers on Character Development
 Grantee(s) Northeastern University Wheaton College Tufts University President and Fellows of Harvard College Fundación Varkey Argentina
 Project Leader(s) David DeSteno,
Lisa Barrett
Edward Davis,
Jordan LaBouff
Michael Levin Joseph Henrich,
Jonathan Schulz
Agustín Porres,
Fernando Julio C. Durand
 Amount $1,785,455 $646,721 $2,133,060 $2,542,700 $231,194


October Grant Features

Faith: Is It Real If You Never Kneel? Is One of Biology’s Perennial Themes Ready For a Fresh Look? Alan Love on the Science of Purpose WATCH: The Importance of Imparting Forgiveness in Schools Social Hostility Towards Religion Declined in 2019, According to Recent Research Foundation Receives 2,370 Online Funding Inquiries (OFIs) for 2021 Funding Cycle



Grantees in the News

Article Title Date Publication Grantee Mentioned
How Small Changes Can Help You Build An Upward Spiral October 30, 2021 Forbes Martin Seligman, Director, Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania
How to Exit the Roundabout of Experiential Avoidance October 27, 2021 Pyschology Today Paul Bloom, Psychologist, Yale University
A Mysterious ‘Alien Beacon’ Was Actually a False Alarm October 26, 2021 Scientific American Dan Werthimer, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Berkeley SETI
Mushroom Leather Is About to Bloom for Fashion October 17, 2021 Yahoo! Louie Schwartzberg, Director and Cinematographer
The Myth of the ‘Overnight Success’ and How Brilliant Ideas Actually Emerge October 11, 2021 Entrepreneur Angela Duckworth, Psychologist, University of Pennsylvania


Research Publications

Article Title Date Publication Related Project Title
Aspiring to greater intellectual humility in science October 28, 2021 Nature Human Behaviour The Intellectual Humility of Psychological Scientists Before and After the Credibility Revolution
Changes in selection pressure can facilitate hybridization during biological invasion in a Cuban lizard October 15, 2021 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America The Origin of Species in Action: Synthesizing Experimental Studies of Evolution with Genomics
Quantum switch in the gravity of Earth October 15, 2021 Physical Review A The Quantum Information Structure of Spacetime (QISS)
Are some cultures more mind-minded in their moral judgements than others? October 4, 2021 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences The Geography of Philosophy: An Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Exploration of Universality and Diversity in Fundamental Philosophical Concepts
Psychological Science in the Wake of COVID-19: Social, Methodological, and Metascientific Considerations. October 1, 2021 Perspectives on Psychological Science Nudging Empathy: Harnessing Motivation to Create Sustainable Empathic Choices


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.