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Baylor University welcomes proposals for the Engaging Scholars and Practitioners to Promote Virtue Development funding initiative.

  • We aim to support 3–5 research projects of $150,000–300,000 for up to 2 years in length.
  • We have a total of $800,000 in available funding to give in these awards.
  • Funded projects will be conducted by teams made up of scholars and youth-serving practitioners to develop and test scientifically rigorous virtue interventions for adolescents that can be implemented in diverse youth-serving settings (primarily serving 13-18 year olds).
  • Interventions should target the development of one or more of the following virtues: love, gratitude, hope, patience, generosity, joy, wisdom, and forgiveness.
  • Projects that examine how spirituality and transcendent purpose affect the efficacy of virtue interventions will be viewed favorably.
  • Award winners will attend two conferences one mid-project conference in November 2019 (in Temecula, CA area) and one capstone conference in September 2021 (likely in Los Angeles, CA area), along with grantees from another funding initiative related to character development in youth.

Inquiries should be directed to character_intervention@baylor.edu. This call for proposals is made possible through a generous grant from The John Templeton Foundation, and it is hosted by Baylor University's Psychology and Neuroscience Department.

Download a pdf including all background, application needs, team expectations, and judging criteria.