FW: Six $100,000 Grants to Write Books on Science and Religion
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> - 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
> $100,000 awards to support sabbatical research and writing on the
> constructive interface between science and religion in the 21st
> Applications are encouraged from talented, research-focused, writers
> representing any and all religious traditions, as well as
> thinkers. Successful applicants will have demonstrated skills in
> and writing, exemplifying engaged, well-informed discourse, balanced
> inquiry, and a humble approach to learning. This awards competition
> to stimulate outstanding research, writing, and publishing in the
> field of science and religion.
> Three topical categories are listed below for the present cycle.
> should be submitted in one or more of the following three categories:
> 1) EVIDENCE OF PURPOSE: Investigations at the constructive interface
> science and religion which are focused broadly on the subject of
> giving evidence of purpose and meaning in relation to cosmological,
> evolutionary, and human cultural processes.
> 2) HUMAN CREATIVITY AND UNDERSTANDING: Considerations of the potential
> meaning of humanity's accelerating comprehension of reality and
> 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
> insights and perspectives.
> APPLICATION DEADLINES:
> - Letters of Inquiry: January 4, 1999.
> - Full Applications: May 3, 1999.
> - Grants Announced September 3, 1999.
> TYPE CATEGORIES:
> (I.) PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARLY BOOKS
> (II.) NON-PROFESSIONAL BOOKS FOR POPULAR AUDIENCES
> An important criteria of merit is effective dissemination of the work
> the form of chapters published in scholarly journals and distinguished
> OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT AND THE "HUMBLE APPROACH": The main aspect
> vision and mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to pursue
> at the boundary between theology and science through rigorous,
> and empirically-focused methodologies, drawing together talented
> representatives from a wide spectrum of fields of expertise. This has
> described as the "humble approach." Typically it seeks to focus the
> methods and resources of scientific inquiry on topical areas which
> religious and theological significance ranging across the disciplines
> cosmology to healthcare. The Foundation sponsors a wide variety of
> initiatives pursuing the 'humble approach" in basic research, in
> in promoting high-level dialog, and by awarding prizes for excellence
> 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
> scientific research methods, as well as by encouraging enthusiasm for
> 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
> 2nd edition forthcoming) by John Marks Templeton; Worldwide Laws of
> (1997) by John Marks Templeton; and on the Foundation's website at
> APPLICATION GUIDELINES:
> (i) This program is likely to be highly competitive. Interested
> are encouraged not to apply if their preparation and record of
> 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
> 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
> Specific budgeting is not required. However, applicants should
> briefly how they would plan to utilize the prizes in terms of a
> timeline for their research and writing. Prizes can be awarded to
> sponsoring institutions, if desired. In such cases, overhead will not
> 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
> than three pages single-spaced describing the book they propose to
> A detailed CV summary of not more than three pages should be attached.
> This should include references to previous articles and books written
> the author(s) of the proposed book. Screening of initial letters is
> provided to alleviate wasted effort by applicants unlikely to succeed
> the competition. Invitations for full applications will be sent to a
> reduced number of applicants whose accomplishments and proposed book
> inspires a sense of extraordinary promise to a screening committee of
> distinguished expert reviewers. The deadline for letters of inquiry
> January 1, 1999. Ten copies of all materials must be provided.
> Full Proposals: Applicants who are invited to submit full proposals
> demonstrate a deep, innovative, well-informed and intellectually
> engagement with the topic on which they propose to write. Full
> should be not more than 10 pages in length, single-spaced. These
> 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
> with brief notes; and (iv) a publication plan with a description of
> target audiences the book is intended to reach. Last, proposals
> include an appended full and detailed CVs plus lists of publications
> all authors. Ten copies of all materials must be submitted.
> attachments of relevant published work are encouraged. The deadline
> full proposals is May 1, 1999. Awards will be announced by September
> 1, 1999.
> 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
> 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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