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John Templeton Foundation Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Science,
Philosophy, Character Development, Free Markets, and Family Planning

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01/31/19 - For Large Grants only; Small Grants have a variable proposal deadline.


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations and IHEs for charitable work and innovative projects and research. A funding inquiry is due August 31, 2018. Funding is intended for projects in the areas of science and the big questions, character virtue development, individual freedom and free markets, exceptional cognitive talent and genius, genetics, and voluntary family planning.

The Foundation welcomes proposals that bring together these overlapping elements, especially by combining the tools and approaches of different disciplines.

Core Funding Areas:

Science and the Big Questions is the largest of the Core Funding Areas and is divided into the subfields of Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, Philosophy and Theology, and Public Engagement.

This focus area supports innovative efforts to address the deepest questions facing humankind, such as: Why are we here? How can we flourish? What are the fundamental structures of reality? What can we know about the nature and purposes of the divine? Funding area themes are:

- Fundamental Structures and Laws of Nature
- The Nature of the Divine
- The Nature and Potential of the Mind
- Religion and Spirituality in Human Experience
- Life, Love, and Virtue

In addition to supporting academic research on these and similar questions, the Foundation supports efforts to bring relevant findings to non-specialist audiences. Through a wide range of media — print, digital, broadcast, and film — the Foundation seeks to raise awareness about cutting-edge discoveries in ways that are clear and probing. In addition, programs are funded to help teachers, journalists, religious leaders, and other professionals apply these discoveries in ways that enrich and extend their work.

Character Virtue Development: This funding area seeks to advance the science and practice of character, with a focus on moral, performance, civic, and intellectual virtues such as humility, gratitude, curiosity, diligence, and honesty.

Individual Freedom and Free Markets: This funding area supports education, research, and grassroots efforts to promote individual freedom, free markets, free competition, and entrepreneurship. Grounded in the ideas of classical liberal political economy, the Foundation seeks projects that focus on individuals and their place in a free society. Whether by academic research, instruction, public outreach, or supporting debate on public policy, the goal is to contribute toward making the nation and the world more just, more prosperous, and more conducive to human flourishing.

Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius: This focus area supports programs that aim to recognize and nurture exceptional cognitive talent, especially for those at an early stage of life. This Funding Area also supports research concerning the nature of cognitive genius, including extraordinary creativity, curiosity, and imagination.

Genetics: This funding area seeks to advance genetics research by supporting novel approaches and contrarian projects, especially research that is undervalued by traditional funding sources. In addition to basic and translational research, this Funding Area supports educational programs that increase public awareness concerning the ways in which genetics-related research and its applications can advance human flourishing at the individual, familial, and societal levels.

The Voluntary Family Planning funding area supports research, programs, and policy development efforts around the world that seek to better understand factors that influence family planning decisions, provide information on and access to family planning methods, and strengthen policy related to effective family planning. Particular interest is given to partnering with faith-based organizations to support this work in their local communities. The Foundation only funds research and programs that affirm the value of human life from conception until natural death.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171288

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Grants are intended for requests less than $234,800 USD.
Large Grants are defined as requests for more than $234,800 USD.

Term of Contract:

The grant duration is often up to three years. In rare instances the Foundation may support a project for up to five years. The Foundation will not fund any project for more than five years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Generally, the Foundation funds charitable entities (including colleges and universities) that operate inside and outside of the United States. On rare occasions, individuals and for-profit companies doing charitable work are considered.

The Foundation generally does not fund buildings, renovations, or capital campaigns; direct-service programs; scholarships for college or graduate school; general operating support for organizations; or disaster relief.

Generally, discrete projects are funded. The process and forms are not designed for other types of requests such as donations, operational support, or program support.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant consideration begins with an initial Online Funding Inquiry (OFI) and, if invited, a detailed Full Proposal.

The Full Proposal stage for small grants is not governed by any specific calendar. Instead, staff will invite Full Proposals with customized due dates that are influenced by the project’s anticipated start date, the internal workload of staff, and budget considerations.

2018 Small Grants Timeline
- OFI Deadline: August 31, 2018
- OFI Decision: September 28, 2018
- FP Deadline: Variable
- Funding Decision: Variable

2018 Large Grants Timeline

- OFI Deadline: August 31, 2018
- OFI Decision: September 28, 2018
- FP Deadline: January 31, 2019
- Funding Decision: June 7, 2019

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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John Templeton Foundation
300 Conshohocken State Road, Suite 500
West Conshohocken, PA 19428 USA

Telephone: (610) 941-2828
Fax: (610) 825-1730

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.