FW: Six $100,000 Grants to Write Books on Science and Religion

Volokh, Eugene VOLOKH at mail.law.ucla.edu
Sun Nov 1 15:21:34 PST 1998

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> Subject:      Six $100,000 Grants to Write Books on Science and
> Religion
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> to compete for
> 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.
> An important criteria of merit is effective dissemination of the work
> in
> the form of chapters published in scholarly journals and distinguished
> magazines.
> 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
> <http://www.templeton.org>.
>       (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, 1999.
> 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 at templeton.org>.  Please no phone calls.
> Letters of Inquiry should be sent to:
> Book RFP
> John Templeton Foundation
> 100 Matsonford Rd., Suite 100,
> Radnor, PA 19087

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