Friday, September 17, 2010

The Character Project: Psychology of Character RFP

Dear Colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce that Wake Forest University is now welcoming proposals for the “New Frontiers in the Psychology of Character” funding initiative. With the help of a generous grant from The John Templeton Foundation, this $1.5 million dollar initiative is intended to support empirical work in psychology on the existence and nature of character and the relationship between character traits and beliefs, desires, identities, emotions, behavior, and situations. Proposals can request between $50,000 and $200,000 for projects not to exceed two years in duration. We hope to make between 6-10 awards.

We envision applicants from personality, social, and developmental psychology in particular, but possibly other disciplines as well, who are interested in the ability of people to achieve moral behavior. Interdisciplinary teams of researchers (including psychologists, philosophers, and theologians) are encouraged, but team-based proposals are not required. We aim to support young researchers working on the psychology of character, who often have new and interesting ideas but who have not yet benefited from traditional funding sources. Thus, we would give preference to proposals from PIs who are within ten years of receiving their Ph.D.

Letters of Intent are due by November 29th, 2010. Notification will be made by January 15th, 2011, with submission of full proposals no later than March 28th, 2011. Final award decisions will be issued by June 1st, 2011 for research to begin on August 1st, 2011 (and no later than September 1, 2011).

Please see the PDF document for additional details and background, guidelines, etc. at . All questions should be directed to or The Character Project, Department of Philosophy, P.O. Box 7332, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109. More information about the Character Project in general is available at

Best Wishes,

Mike Furr & Will Fleeson, Department of Psychology
Christian Miller, Department of Philosophy
Wake Forest University

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