Call for Research Proposals in Prospection

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Human beings are the creatures who plan for, dream about, and evaluate their future prospects. But can this characteristic of our species—called prospection—be studied scientifically?

Prospective Psychology is a new science that aims to catalyze a change in the course of social science by moving prospection to the center of research on human action. It was established in 2012 by Martin Seligman, Director of the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center, and is supported by two grants from the John Templeton Foundation.

The second stage of the project was launched last month. It is a research competition for up to fifteen Templeton Science of Prospection Awards, with an average grant of $150,000. The initiative encourages all proposals that promise to advance the science of prospection. Letters of intent are due by January 1, 2014. Full details can be found online.