Global Innovations for Character Development Initiative

Funding Agency:
Templeton World Charity Foundation

The Templeton World Charity Foundation is proud to announce Round 1 of the new Global Innovations for Character Development initiative. The Foundation is offering funding for innovative, high-quality research and implementation projects on specific character strengths in low and middle income countries (LMIC) worldwide and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. We are seeking applications from researchers and practitioners in a diverse range of fields, including psychology, education, sociology, anthropology, and international development. This request for proposals (RFP) will fund:

  1. The development and evaluation of scalable innovations aimed at promoting and fostering character strengths.
  2. The development, adaptation or validation of tools for measuring character development.

This first-of-its-kind initiative will support:

  1. Up to ten (10) proof-of-concept projects for $234,000 USD that test novel approaches to promoting specific character strengths, as well as scales for measuring them.
  2. An award of up to $1 million USD to scale up a character development innovation that has shown promise in initial tests.

Successful proposals will demonstrate a clear path to generating impact on individuals through demonstrable changes in knowledge, awareness, and the practice of specific character strengths. We are seeking applications of the highest caliber, and projects must also include a rigorous evaluation methodology.

The deadline for Round 1 of the RFP is June 15, 2018.

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Eligibility Requirements

● The lead applicant (Principal Investigator) must be affiliated with an institution based in one of the countries listed in Appendix 1. There are no restrictions on the affiliation of the co-PI or other collaborators, and collaborations between researchers from eligible countries and other parts of the world are strongly encouraged. ● Implementation of the project must take place in an eligible country listed in Appendix A. This does not need to be the same country the lead applicant is affiliated with. ● A majority (50%+) of the budget must be spent on activities/personnel in an eligible country. ● The applicant can be a non-profit organization, academic institution, for-profit company or another recognized institution that is incorporated in an eligible jurisdiction and is capable of receiving and administering funding. ● Institutional overhead or indirect costs must be below 15% of the total grant budget. ● At this time, TWCF is only able to consider proposals submitted in English.

Funding Type



International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 15, 2018