The Philosophy and Science of Self-Control


The project includes a cluster group award program, which will award prizes to nine groups at institutions other than Florida State University. The purpose of cluster groups is to encourage philosophers and scientists to meet together regularly and to read and discuss cutting-edge literature on topics related to self-control, with the aim of stimulating further research and interest.

The work of a cluster group centers around a reading group that selects reading materials relevant to the theme and meets bimonthly to discuss those readings for one academic term. Awards will be $5,000 each, and can be used in a variety of pre-specified ways, to include travel, lodging, and honoraria support for guest lecturers. The budget includes funds for up to 9 such awards. There will also be an additional $5,000 total available to be awarded as prizes for papers arising from the work of the cluster groups and accepted for publication before May 15, 2017.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • A complete CV for the group leader.
  • A 300 to 500 word description of what the group plans to do.
  • A budget.

Application materials should be submitted by e-mail attachment, if possible, to The phrase “Cluster Group” 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 deadlines and further details, see below.

All questions should be directed to:

The Science & Philosophy of Self-control

Email address:

Physical address (email preferred):

Karen Foulke

Department of Philosophy

Florida State University

151 Dodd Hall

641 University Way

Tallahassee, FL 32306-1500 USA


July 1, 2015 Deadline for 1st round proposal submission
August 1, 2015 Announcement of 1st round awards
September 1, 2015 Earliest release of 1st round award funds
July 1, 2016 Deadline for 2nd round proposal submission

Funded projects must have their group leader commit to the following:

  • Submit a final report, including an expenditure report. The reports should not exceed 2 pages, and should detail the outcomes of the funded project.
  • Follow stipulations of grant award as communicated by Florida State University.