Six $100,000 Grants to Write Books on Science and Religion
- For those who might be interested:
>Date: Sat, 31 Oct 1998 08:14:35 -0600 (CST)1999.
>From: Gregory Singleton <G-Singleton@...>
>Subject: Six $100,000 Grants to Write Books on Science and Religion
>To: ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY <ecchst-l@...>
>- REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS -
>to compete for
>SIX $100,000 GRANTS FOR RESEARCH, WRITING, AND PUBLICATION
>EXPLORING THE CONSTRUCTIVE INTERACTION OF SCIENCE AND RELIGION
>The John Templeton Foundation is pleased to announce a competition for six
>$100,000 awards to support sabbatical research and writing on the
>constructive interface between science and religion in the 21st century.
>Applications are encouraged from talented, research-focused, writers
>representing any and all religious traditions, as well as non-religious
>thinkers. Successful applicants will have demonstrated skills in research
>and writing, exemplifying engaged, well-informed discourse, balanced
>inquiry, and a humble approach to learning. This awards competition seeks
>to stimulate outstanding research, writing, and publishing in the broad
>field of science and religion.
>Three topical categories are listed below for the present cycle. Proposals
>should be submitted in one or more of the following three categories:
>1) EVIDENCE OF PURPOSE: Investigations at the constructive interface of
>science and religion which are focused broadly on the subject of teleology,
>giving evidence of purpose and meaning in relation to cosmological,
>evolutionary, and human cultural processes.
>2) HUMAN CREATIVITY AND UNDERSTANDING: Considerations of the potential and
>meaning of humanity's accelerating comprehension of reality and expanding
>creative power with specific concern for moral and spiritual progress.
>3) CONCEPTS OF GOD: Theological and philosophical investigation of the
>relationship between God and World, especially which integrate scientific
>insights and perspectives.
> - Letters of Inquiry: January 4, 1999.
> - Full Applications: May 3, 1999.
> - Grants Announced September 3, 1999.
>(I.) PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARLY BOOKS
>(II.) NON-PROFESSIONAL BOOKS FOR POPULAR AUDIENCES
>An important criteria of merit is effective dissemination of the work in
>the form of chapters published in scholarly journals and distinguished
>OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT AND THE "HUMBLE APPROACH": The main aspect of
>vision and mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to pursue research
>at the boundary between theology and science through rigorous, open-minded
>and empirically-focused methodologies, drawing together talented
>representatives from a wide spectrum of fields of expertise. This has been
>described as the "humble approach." Typically it seeks to focus the
>methods and resources of scientific inquiry on topical areas which have
>religious and theological significance ranging across the disciplines from
>cosmology to healthcare. The Foundation sponsors a wide variety of project
>initiatives pursuing the 'humble approach" in basic research, in pedagogy,
>in promoting high-level dialog, and by awarding prizes for excellence in
>research, writing, and teaching. Envisioned by Sir John Templeton
>especially is the possibility of multiplying many aspects of spiritual
>information, insight, and wisdom through the appropriate application of
>scientific research methods, as well as by encouraging enthusiasm for an
>open, questing, scientific attitude within religious communities
>exemplified in the adage, "how little we know, how eager to learn."
>The specific purpose of this program is to stimulate writing of highly
>innovative and high quality books, which exemplify the open
>research-focused mode of multifaceted inquiry, which characterizes the
>"humble approach." Further information describing the donor intent for the
>John Templeton Foundation may be found in: (i) The Humble Approach (1995,
>2nd edition forthcoming) by John Marks Templeton; Worldwide Laws of Life
>(1997) by John Marks Templeton; and on the Foundation's website at
> (i) This program is likely to be highly competitive. Interested persons
>are encouraged not to apply if their preparation and record of publication
>is not at a very high level of accomplishment.
> (ii) Applications will be considered from single authors as well as from
>teams of two or more authors working together. Proposals should identify
>which category the proposal is being submitted under and whether the
>proposal is for a 'professional' or a 'popular' book.
> (iii) The use of prize monies is unrestricted to the prizewinner.
>Specific budgeting is not required. However, applicants should describe
>briefly how they would plan to utilize the prizes in terms of a prospective
>timeline for their research and writing. Prizes can be awarded to
>sponsoring institutions, if desired. In such cases, overhead will not be
>paid beyond 10% of the sum of salary plus benefits.
> (iv) The desired form of application is described below:
>Letter of Inquiry: Interested parties should prepare a letter of not more
>than three pages single-spaced describing the book they propose to write.
>A detailed CV summary of not more than three pages should be attached.
>This should include references to previous articles and books written by
>the author(s) of the proposed book. Screening of initial letters is
>provided to alleviate wasted effort by applicants unlikely to succeed in
>the competition. Invitations for full applications will be sent to a
>reduced number of applicants whose accomplishments and proposed book idea
>inspires a sense of extraordinary promise to a screening committee of
>distinguished expert reviewers. The deadline for letters of inquiry is
>January 1, 1999. Ten copies of all materials must be provided.
>Full Proposals: Applicants who are invited to submit full proposals must
>demonstrate a deep, innovative, well-informed and intellectually profound
>engagement with the topic on which they propose to write. Full proposals
>should be not more than 10 pages in length, single-spaced. These should
>include: (i) an executive summary; (ii) a detailed overview of the aims and
>purpose of the book; (iii) an index/outline noting the topics to be covered
>with brief notes; and (iv) a publication plan with a description of the
>target audiences the book is intended to reach. Last, proposals should
>include an appended full and detailed CVs plus lists of publications for
>all authors. Ten copies of all materials must be submitted. Additional
>attachments of relevant published work are encouraged. The deadline for
>full proposals is May 1, 1999. Awards will be announced by September 1,
>TERMS OF AWARD:
>1. $75,000 upon the initial award of the prize
>2. $15,000 upon acceptance for publication by the publisher
>3. $10,000 upon documentation of book sales in excess of 2000 volumes.
>For further information, go to <http://www.templeton.org/book-rfp> or send
>email to <book-rfp@...>. Please no phone calls.
>Letters of Inquiry should be sent to:
>John Templeton Foundation
>100 Matsonford Rd., Suite 100,
>Radnor, PA 19087
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position as much as possible before criticizing him, if we wish our
criticism to be worth while." [Sir Karl Popper, The Logic of Scientific
Discovery (1968), p. 260 n.*5]