Full Proposal FAQ (click here)
Letter of Intent FAQ (click here)
Full Proposal FAQ
Is the January 17, 2006 deadline to submit a full proposal a "postmark" deadline or a "received by" deadline?
Answer Posted (October 26, 2005): The hard copies of your entire full proposal, including the CD-ROM of all electronic proposal documents, must be received by January 17, 2006 at 5:00 pm EST.
If I am awarded a grant through the Templeton Advanced Research Program, must the start date be June 1, 2006?
Answer Posted (October 26, 2005) : Yes. We will consider requests for “no cost extensions” beyond the funding period on a case-by-case basis.
Am I allowed to include money for course buyout as well as summer salary in my proposed budget? Am I allowed to include travel expenses related to other conferences and meetings that are related to my research? Is there a cap on the salary that a Principal Investigator may claim as part of the direct costs of a proposed research budget?
Answer Posted (October 26, 2005): Summer salary and course buyout are allowable items to include in your proposed budget, as well as trips to other meetings and conferences directly related to your funded research for the Templeton Advanced Research Program. In addition, there is no cap on the salary that a Principal Investigator may claim as part of the direct costs of a proposed research budget. However, you should be very prudent with regard to the degree to which your proposed research program can be justified if a substantial portion of the requested grant funds goes toward the direct salary support of the Principal Investigator.
Will an award from this program provide additional monies for indirect costs?
Answer REVISED (October 26, 2005): No. Indirect costs have to be figured into the costs of the proposed project. The upper limit for indirect costs is set at 15% of the total direct costs for the project in each of the three Areas of funding. The limit of 15% on indirect costs also applies to any subcontracting institutions on the proposed project.
What will be the disbursement schedule for each of the grant awards?
Answer Posted (May 2, 2005): We have $2 million to disburse
for 2 awards in Area 1 and $2 million to disburse for 2 awards for
Area 2, which means that there is approximately $1 million per award
in those Areas. For Area 3, we have $600,000 to disburse over 4
awards, which means that there is approximately $150,000 per award.
Depending on the specific budgetary needs of the projects that we
will fund, we may raise or lower the award granted. Care should
be taken when constructing the project budget submitted with the
full proposal since it is one of the factors that we will take into
account when selecting the finalists. In addition, the monies will
be disbursed according to the approved budget on a six-month basis
over three years for the Area 1 and Area 2 projects, and over two
years for Area 3 projects. In the event that the work is not completed
by the end date of the project, we will consider requests for "no
cost extensions" on a case-by-case basis.
Can an award from this program be used to support on-going research that is also supported by other funds? Or use this award as a basis for seeking other funds?
Answer Posted (May 2, 2005): Yes. If you plan on doing
this, be sure to list the other awards you are using and how this
award would allow you to expand or improve your current research.
If you have received funding from other sources for a proposed
research project, you must use this award to support something new
within your existing research. Also, you can apply for other grants
and assistance to go along with the Templeton Advanced Research
Program award, should you receive it. However, we need to know about
your plans at the time of submission of the project and outcomes
of other funding decisions, if successful. Our intent is to encourage
strongly co-funding and/or follow on funding of the research in
these Areas, provided that the funding is used for budget items
not already funded by the Templeton Advanced Research Program. In
fact, we are committed to do whatever we can to help you with this
process both scientifically and administratively.
Letter of Intent FAQ
Is the August 1, 2005 deadline a "postmark" deadline or a "received by" deadline?
Answer Posted (May 2, 2005): The hard copies of your entire
letter of intent must be postmarked or shipped by August 1, 2005,
but you must also submit all letter of intent materials electronically
in Microsoft Word or PDF format no later than midnight on August
If I send in a letter of intent after the August 1, 2005 deadline, can I still be considered for the competition?
Answer Posted (May 2, 2005): Any letters of intent and
supporting documents that we receive after the August 1, 2005 deadline
will not be considered in the competition. We encourage you not
to wait to the last minute; give ample time before the deadline
for mailing your letter of intent and all supporting documents.
We will be selecting the finalists by October 1, 2005.
If I submitted a letter of intent by the established deadline and I was not selected as a finalist,
am I eligible to submit a full proposal for one of the grants in the three topical areas?
Answer Posted (May 2, 2005): Only the participants who
are selected as finalists will be eligible to compete for the grant
If I am a prospective principal investigator from a country outside of the United States, am I still able to submit a letter of intent to the program?
Answer Posted (May 2, 2005): We encourage an applicant
from any country to apply to our program.
Can a prospective principal investigator who is not part of a college/university or nonprofit organization be eligible for an award from this program?
Answer Posted (May 2, 2005): No. Submitting Principal
Investigators must have some affiliation with a major university,
academic or research center, private lab, or non-profit organization
and will be required to show proof of affiliation. No proposals
will be accepted from individuals nor will payments be made to individuals.