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John Templeton Foundation

Deadline: August 31, 2016

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. It supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. The Foundation encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.

The Foundation’s core funding areas include science and the Big Questions (such as mathematical and physical sciences, life sciences, human sciences, philosophy and theology, science in dialogue with philosophy or theology), character development, freedom and free enterprise, exceptional cognitive talent and genius, and genetics.

Amount: Grants range from about $30,000-$10,000,000 and average approximately $800,000-$1,000,000. Small grants are those defined as $217,400 or less and are made quarterly. Large grants are above $217,400 and are made once per year (August 31 deadline).

Eligibility: The Foundation prefers to fund projects that are affiliated with an institution (typically, a university, research institution, or other nonprofit organization). Individuals are encouraged to find appropriate institutions to administer their grants. When this is not practical or possible, the foundation will make a grant directly to an individual.

Link: https://www.templeton.org/

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