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Baylor University welcomes proposals for the “Improving Character Strengths of Adolescents through Technology Innovation” funding initiative. We aim to support 3–5 technology innovation projects at $60,000–$80,000 for 12–14 months, totaling $320,000 in awards.

The Technology Innovation Grants will fund innovative technological or new media product development based on applied positive developmental science. Example products include smartphone apps, video games, and content for new media regularly frequented by adolescents (e.g., youtube, snapchat, Instagram).

Awardees will primarily consist of technology and new media designers/developers, but each team will be paired with a scholar consultant.

Awardees will design and develop a prototype for a new technological or media product based on science to promote the formation of character strengths in adolescents (i.e., 13-18 year olds).

The target character strengths include the following virtues: love, gratitude, hope, patience, wisdom, joy, forgiveness, and generosity.

The prototypes will be judged, and one winning product will receive an additional $150,000 award for further development and marketing.

Projects that engage adolescents’ spirituality and transcendent purpose will be viewed favorably.

Award winners will attend two conferences one initial conference, in November 2019 (in Temecula, CA area), and one capstone conference in September 2021 (likely also 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 grant competition is made possible through a generous grant from The John Templeton Foundation, and it is hosted by the Baylor University Psychology and Neuroscience Department.

Timeline

  • Awards will be announced August 15, 2019.
  • Grant begins on October 1, 2019

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