Research on Generosity/Philanthropy

Posted by Indiana University on December 14, 2015

Lilly School Invites Applications for Research on Generosity/Philanthropy

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is accepting applications from emerging scholars for research projects on life-course generosity in two different areas, the social sciences and the arts/humanities.

With support from the John Templeton Foundation, the new Science and Imagination of Living Generosity program is designed to attract and capture bold ideas within the study of life-course generosity and to advance multi-disciplinary methods and approaches within the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The program will provide funding for research projects that address three big philanthropy-related questions: Can virtuous habits be cultivated? How is generosity related to character, thrift, and creativity? Can cutting-edge scientific work and reflective expression promote individuals’ practice of generosity?

The program is organized into two funding tracks — social sciences (“the science of living generously) and arts/humanities (“the imagination of living generously”).

1) Social Science: The Lilly School will provide funding in support of original research on generosity throughout individuals’ lives and generosity’s effect on well-being and satisfaction. Projects that expand the use of several key Panel Study of Income Dynamics modules — including the Philanthropy Panel Study, the Child Development Supplement, and the Transition to Adulthood — are encouraged. This track also will fund innovative projects from investigators using other data sets, and from developmental psychologists, for example, who might be interested in the development of children’s generosity.

2) Arts and Humanities: This funding track will support original efforts within the fields of the arts and/or humanities focused on creating imaginative works that encourage reflection on generosity by individuals at different stages of life. Grants are intended to help provide the space and resources that individuals in the arts and humanities (e.g., writers, filmmakers, video game designers, musicians, historians, theologians, philosophers) need for creative work. Projects should illuminate the imagination within the science of generosity, with the goal of reducing the barriers that often exist between generosity science and the ways it is communicated.

Eight grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded. Funding can be used for course release time, summer salary for a faculty member (paid on a ten- or nine-month schedule), wages paid to student assistants working directly on the proposed research project, travel for data collection or dissemination (e.g., conference and workshop presentations), experiments, and computer programs for analysis.

Applicants within any field of study at an accredited university or research institution are eligible to apply. However, preference will be given to emerging scholars and innovators. Principal investigators must have completed their Ph.D. between 2007 and 2014.

Visit the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.


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