Funding Opportunity: Enhancing Life Research Grant (Deadline February 1, 2015)

January 6, 2015 by fgallon1

The University of Chicago and the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) with support from the John Templeton Foundation, have issued a call for proposals on projects related to “Enhancing Life”.

The goal of The Enhancing Life Project is to address the following Big Questions: 1)“What does it mean to enhance life, including spiritual life?” 2) “Correlatively, what are the spiritual laws for the strategies, social mechanisms, and technologies that enable us to enhance life in its many dimensions and in measurable ways?”  By asking and answering these Big Questions, The Enhancing Life Project brings to articulation and also assesses assumptions hitherto submerged within the academy and public perception about the fullness of life and how it is to be measurably enhanced.

The two-year grants will be awarded as follows:
– 15 research projects of advanced career scholars with $100,000 each
– 20 research projects of early career scholars with $50,000 each

Individuals are eligible for the award if and only if they have published a full length book/monograph or its equivalent in their discipline.
Recipients must participate in a series of seminars and related events and are expected to produce a book-length monograph during the award period (Summer 2015 – Summer 2017). In addition, funded researchers will be required to teach at least two courses during the time of the grant or within a year after grant completion, broadly related to the topic of enhancing life.

The Project will support applications particularly but not exclusively in the following areas:
– Religious Thought/Theology/Philosophy
– Philosophy of Biology/of Science/of Technology
– Social Sciences (e.g., Anthropology/Law/ Political Science/Psychology/Sociology)
– Communications and Media Studies

Applications are due February 1, 2015.


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