Funding Opportunity: The Self, Motivation & Virtue Project

November 4, 2014 by fgallon1

Marquette University, with a generous grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, is pleased to announce a request for proposals on the topics of “The Self, Motivation, and Virtue.” Approximately ten research proposals at $190,000 each will be funded through this initiative. The grant competition has four primary aims:

  • To support innovative research on the self, motivation, and virtue.
  • To encourage methodological innovation in the study of the self, motivation, and virtue.
  • To encourage interdisciplinary team work, specifically between social science and humanities.
  • To support scholars new to the investigation of these topics or who have not received funding elsewhere. Research collaborations between younger and more established scholars are especially encouraged.

Research into character and virtue is often conducted by scholars from within a single disciplinary perspective – philosophers research by themselves, psychologists team up with each other, historians and anthropologists proceed from their own disciplinary perspectives. This disciplinary isolationism is not maximally productive of new knowledge about virtue. Greater insights into the self, virtue, and motivation can be achieved only by combining the talents of practitioners of different disciplines. To ensure that research funded by this proposal closes the disciplinary gap, funded research teams must meet the requirement of “deep integration.” By “deep integration,” successful teams will be comprised of at least one humanist and one scientist who are fully and equally invested in the research project from its inception to its completion. Ideally, research teams should be composed of humanists and social scientists who come from different traditions and bring different perspectives to bear on a research topic. The aim here is to encourage awardees to think outside of their own disciplinary perspectives, and to broaden their research horizons in ways conducive to creative collaborations and results. The progress of research terms will be monitored at regular intervals throughout the grant period to ensure that the requirement of deep integration is continuously met.

Letters of intent are due no later than November 15, 2014.

The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency’s website:

The Project Investigator (PI) must have a PhD and be in a contracted faculty position at an accredited college or university before the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year (exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis). The competition is international. Applicants may be involved in only one project in this competition. If an applicant is listed on two proposals and both are accepted, he or she must resign from one.


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