Request for Proposals: “New Perspectives on the Theology of Understanding”

Fordham University, with the support of a generous grant from The John Templeton Foundation, invites proposals for the “New Perspectives on the Theology of Understanding” funding initiative. The aim is to encourage research from both new and established scholars working on the notion of understanding in theology and religion. Interdisciplinary teams that include members from other areas, especially psychology, are encouraged but not required.

This $250,000 RFP is intended to support work in theology and related areas on the nature and varieties of religious understanding. Proposals can request between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects not to exceed one year in duration. 3-4 awards will be made.

Letter of Intent: All materials must be received by November 1, 2013.
Applicants are required to submit: 1. A letter of intent that includes the central questions of the project, the background and significance of the questions, the way in which the project addresses the goals and at least one of the Key Questions of this RFP, and a summary of the methodology. The letter cannot exceed 1,500 words (excluding references). 2. A complete curriculum vitae for the PI and for all major team members (if applicable).

For key research questions and additional information see attached RFP-theology.

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