If you’re a scholarly type, and you’d like to get a project funded that will help Christians understand evolution, check this out:
A new funding opportunity for scholars and church/parachurch leaders. The BioLogos Foundation was recently awarded a large grant from The John Templeton Foundation to launch a subgrants program, Evolution and Christian Faith (ECF). This $3.5 millionprogram will fund research and projects that address theological and philosophical concerns many Christians have about evolutionary creation. We also invite proposals which explore how evolution as God’s tool enriches Christian faith and worship.
Grant amounts vary from $30,000 to $300,000 over 34 months. Young scholars are especially encouraged to apply. Proposals from teams—especially those which are inter-disciplinary in nature or focused on translation from the academy to the church and parachurch—are enthusiastically welcomed. We also invite proposals from well-established scholars who wish to explore a particular topic in depth (see example topics here).
We anticipate funding projects that explore consonance between evolution and Christian faith. Proposals will not be considered if they reject (or at least do not helpfully inform) historic, creedal Christianity (e.g. historical Resurrection, high view of Scripture, etc.) or if they reject the conclusions of mainstream science (e.g. old earth, common descent, etc.). Please note that this does not mean all grantees must be ardent supporters of evolutionary creation. Church leaders, for example, may be interested in exploring the ramifications for their tradition if evolution were true, even though they personally remain unsure. Also, teams may represent a variety of viewpoints.
One of the best things about the program is that ECF grantees won’t be working in separate little ivory towers. It is important to build a collaborative network of scholars and church leaders who are interested in helping the church think about evolution in constructive ways. To that end BioLogos will host three summer workshops for grantees to gather, share ideas, and learn together.
Time is short! Pre-proposals are due June 15, 2012. Luckily, the application process is not too arduous: it consists mostly of a short (1,500 word) letter of intent describing the project along with a rough budget. Successful applicants will be invited to submit full proposals at a later date. Please direct folks to EvolutionChristianFaith.orgfor details about the program and how to apply.