Templeton Foundation awards $49 million for new projects

Templeton Foundation awards $49 million for new projects

The John Templeton Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $49 million.

In the final quarter of 2020, the foundation awarded grants to thirty-one projects aligned with its general funding areas, including social and physical sciences, individual freedom and free markets, individual character development, and voluntary family planning. Grant recipients include the University of California, Riverside ($234,800), for research on dark matter and how dark matter particles interact; Villanova University (nearly $4 million), in support of collaborative inquiries in the area of Christian theological anthropology; and the Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology ($1 million), in support of explorations into how love, hope, and humility grow and flourish.

"The proposals we have approved show exceptional promise to benefit humanity by contributing to human flourishing," said Templeton Foundation president Heather Templeton Dill. "Like all the work we support, these projects aim to contribute new perspectives and ideas to subjects of profound importance. Such topics have included research on forgiveness, intellectual humility, and the origins of life, as well as projects that advance our strategic priorities over the next four years. We look forward to seeing how these grants will contribute to their fields and the wider world."

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"John Templeton Foundation approves over $49 million in new programs." John Templeton Foundation press release 12/22/2020.