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Evaluation Criteria and Project Eligibility

While the core of this program is the funding of scientific research, proposals should demonstrate understanding of both the scientific and metaphysical discussions concerning the great debate over purpose. Proposals will primarily be evaluated on their intrinsic intellectual merit. The consortium is looking for highly innovative interdisciplinary proposals, including those that fall outside the traditional remits of research councils. We also encourage proposals with strong philosophical or theological components that closely connect to the interdisciplinary scientific focus of this programme. Proposal evaluation will be based on:

  • Potential for an innovative contribution to science relevant to the topic of inquiry.
  • The clarity of the connection between the proposed research and the thematic nature of this programme.
  • The likelihood of the research opening fruitful new lines of enquiry.
  • The feasibility of the research in the given time frame.
  • The qualifications of the applicant with respect to the proposed topic.
  • The part a grant may play in career development.

Grants are available to support researchers working in academic and other research-active institutional contexts for projects of up to 2 years duration. Whilst all applicants must be engaged in original research and the applicant must be based at, or have a strong affiliation to, a recognised institution, the remit is left very largely to the discretion and interests of the applicant. Examples of acceptable use of grant funds include:

  • Student or postdoc salary and benefits.
  • Summer salary for academics.
  • Organising workshops and/or inviting eminent individuals to host institutions.
  • Support for specific projects during sabbaticals and assistance in writing or publishing books.
  • Support for projects that complement existing mainstream scientific research programmes by adding a philosophical or theological component (these may be through interdisciplinary collaborations).
  • Modest expenses for computer equipment, travel, publication charges and supplies, provided that these items are clearly explained and justified in the proposal.
  • The highest allowed overhead rate is 20% on salaries .