The Philosophy and Science of Self-Control

Grants: Philosophy of Self-Control (2015-2016)

Application Instructions

Applicants may request up to $100,000 for projects not to exceed one year in duration. The total available payout for these awards is $400,000.  Letters of Intent are due by September 1, 2014. Notification will be made by October 15, 2014, with submission of full proposals no later than January 15, 2015. Final award decisions will be issued by February 28, 2015, for research to begin between July 1 and August 15, 2015.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Stage

Applicants are required to submit:

  • A complete CV for the project leader and all other team members (if applicable).
  • A letter of intent that includes the central questions of the project, the background and significance of the questions, identification of which of the questions in the “Overview” section the project addresses, and a summary of the main ideas and arguments.
  • The letter should not exceed 1,000 words.
  • The amount of funding requested (one sentence is fine for this). No budget narrative or justification is needed at this stage. The amount can be revised at the full proposal stage. We are funding salary only (and no overhead), following the NEH model.

Application materials should be submitted by e-mail attachment, if possible, to pssc@fsu.edu. The phrase “Philosophy of Self-control” should appear in the e-mail subject line. The only acceptable file formats are .doc and PDF. Questions about the application process can be sent to the same address.  For LOI deadlines, see the instructions above.

Full Proposal Stage

Those applicants who are invited to submit full proposals must include:

  •  A cover letter with the title, amount requested, duration of the project (not to exceed one year), and team members (if applicable).
  • A description of the work to be carried out, not to exceed 2,000 words (references do not count toward this total). The description should include the central questions of the project, the background and significance of the questions, identification of which of the questions in the “Overview” section the project addresses, and a summary of the main ideas and arguments.
  • A project abstract of up to 500 words which explains the project and its significance to non-academics, and which would be published on project website and possibly in Templeton materials, and included in publicity materials if the proposal is funded.
  • A timeline.
  • A budget. We are funding salary only (and no overhead), following the NEH model.
  • Approval of the department chair and the institution’s signing officials and a completed “Full Proposal” form (available as a PDF and as a Word document).

Full proposals should be submitted by e-mail attachment, if possible, to pssc@fsu.edu (questions about full proposals can be sent to the same address). The phrase “Philosophy of Self-control” should appear in the e-mail subject line. The only acceptable file formats are .doc and PDF. Full proposals will be accepted only from applicants who have been invited to submit by the project director, on the basis of the LOI phase. For full proposal deadlines, see the instructions above.

Grant Eligibility

The PI must have a Ph.D. and be in or contracted to a faculty position at an accredited college or university at the time the LOI is submitted and prior to the beginning of the supported research. Applicants can have their name on only one proposal for this competition. The judging panel will consist of philosophers.  (If necessary, a scientist with relevant expertise will be asked to provide a review.) Selection criteria will include: feasibility of the project in the specified timeframe, prior research accomplishments of the project leader and other team members, originality, innovation, and significance of the intended project, relevance of the project to the themes of the PSSC project (see “Overview” section), and coherence of the intended research plan. While additional funding from other sources is not required, applicants are encouraged to seek such funding when appropriate and to list the amount and sources of additional funds in their proposals. All applications must be submitted in English and all payments will be made in US dollars.

Projects that are primarily historical in focus will not be funded.

Funded projects must have their PI commit to the following:

  • Submit interim and final reports, as well as interim and final expenditure reports. The interim and final reports should not exceed 2 pages, and should detail the outcomes of the funded project.
  • Attend and present conclusions at the two conferences (expenses covered).
  • Consent to have their presentation at the capstone conference videotaped for the project website.
  • Notify the project at pssc@fsu.edu of all conference presentations, papers, and books that arise from the funded research.
  • Follow stipulations of grant award as communicated by Florida State University.

All questions should be directed to:

The Science & Philosophy of Self-control

Email address: pssc@fsu.edu

Physical address (email preferred):

Karen Foulke

Department of Philosophy

Florida State University

151 Dodd Hall

641 University Way

Tallahassee, FL 32306-1500 USA

 

Timetable

DATE EVENT
September 1, 2014 Deadline for LOI submission
October 15, 2014 Invitations for full proposals issued
January 15, 2015 Deadline for invited full proposals
February 28, 2015 Award announcements issued

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact us at pssc@fsu.edu.

What kinds of research projects may I work on?

See the “Overview” section for examples.

May I propose more than one research project?

No. Each applicant may propose only one project – including solo projects and team projects.

What is a typical use of the available grant money?

Normally, funds will be used to support sabbatical leaves or other research leaves. The PSSC project does not cover overhead or fringe benefits.

In my LOI or my full proposal, should I request funds for travel to the conferences for the Philosophy and Science of Self-Control project?

No. Should you be a grant winner, your reasonable travel expenses for attendance of the conferences (including accommodations and some meals), will be reimbursed by the project.

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