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About the Genetics Human Agency

Who We Are

Genetics and Human Agency is a funding initiative sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and led by Eric Turkheimer of the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia.

What We Fund

We will fund 10-20 three-year projects, emphasizing collaborations between empirical scientists and philosophers, with a maximum of $200,000/year. Acceptance of funding obligates the investigator to travel to three annual meetings in Charlottesville, and to participate in web-based blogging and discussion. Special awards are available for junior investigators and (starting in September, 2016) journalists. Full Requests for Proposals are linked to our home page.

Eligibility

Main Proposal

The PI must have a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and be affiliated with an accredited college or university (or be affiliated with another major research institution, such as a hospital). Applicants can only be principal investigator on one proposal for this competition.

Junior Proposal

The PI must be a pre- or post-doctoral student in a graduate program in a related field or a faculty member within six years of PhD, and be affiliated with an accredited college or university (or be affiliated with another major research institution, such as a hospital). The project must be accomplished within a one-year time span. Investigators must be available to attend annual investigator meetings during that period.

Application Process

Application begins with a submission of a letter of intent using the web-based form linked to our main page. Investigators selected for full proposals will submit applications online (five-page narrative plus supporting materials).

Application Timeline

Letters of Intent: Due 3/4/16

Invitations for Full Proposals: Issued 4/1/16

Full Proposals: Due 6/30/16

Notice of Award: To be issued 8/1/16

Funding: Estimated 9/1/16 – 11/1/16

Project Completion: 11/1/19