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The University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce a $3 million project on the Science of Generosity, generously supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation.

An open invitation is now issued for proposals for the Science of Generosity in the human and social sciences.

The key aspects of generosity that can be covered in the research are:

  • The sources, origins, and causes of generosity
  • The variety of manifestations and expressions of generosity
  • The consequences of generosity for both the givers and receivers involved

    Four to eight proposals for funding of between $250,000 and $500,000 will be awarded in this first wave of competition in 2009.

    A second grant competition in 2010 will fund smaller research projects with budgets up to $150,000.

    The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) initiative is to stimulate a field of generosity research focused on its genesis, manifestations, and benefits.

    The University will consider inquiries from scholars worldwide that propose to focus research on any one of these aspects of generosity or inquiries that propose to investigate more than one aspect and the linkages between them.

    Scholars and teams of scholars are invited to participate from the fields of anthropology, behavioral economics, business and finance, communications, cultural studies, economics, education, family and developmental studies, geography, law, political science, psychology, social psychology, sociobiology, and sociology.

    The criteria by which the proposals will be judged are: Significance, approach and methods, innovation, investigators, financial responsibility, potential scholarly influence, institutional and collateral support.

    Deadline: 1st December.

    For more information and application, visit: The University of Notre Dame Grants Website

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