Grants Available in the Study of Gratitude at Greater Good Science Center

New GGSC Project: Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude

*Call for Research Proposals*

For years, gratitude has been central to our work here at the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC). In fact, it’s one of our Six Habits of Happiness–meaning it’s a research-tested, everyday practice that’s key to living a rich and healthy life, in compassionate connection to others.

That’s why we’re thrilled to announce the launch of a $5.9 million, three-year project to advance the study of gratitude, including a research grant competition for which we’re now accepting proposals. Read on for details about how you can apply or help us find qualified researchers.

Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude is a GGSC collaboration with Professor Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Its goals are to deepen the scientific understanding of gratitude, promote evidence-based gratitude practices in places like schools and hospitals, and engage the public in a broader cultural conversation about the role of gratitude in our society.

The first part of this project is a $3 million research initiative. We’ll be awarding grants of up to $500,000 for research projects that take the science of gratitude to the next level.

If you’re a researcher interested in applying, please read the Request for Proposals (RFP) to learn more about this ground-breaking initiative.

If you think friends, colleagues, or members of your network might like to apply–or if you’d just like to help us get the word out about the initiative–please direct members of your community to the project’s website. And if you have any suggestions for how we can promote the RFP or the initiative as a whole, please contact us.

Researchers interested in applying will need to submit a three-page, single-spaced Letter of Intent (LOI) by February 15, 2012. Click here to read the full RFP, including background, eligibility, and application instructions.

In the future, the GGSC will host a competition for innovative web-based and mobile apps that promote the practice of gratitude, hold a public event to explore the applications of gratitude research, expand coverage of gratitude on our website, and launch a Global Gratitude Journal that will enable people from around the world to record the things for which they’re most grateful.

With gratitude,

Dacher Keltner and the Greater Good Science Center

Working to foster a resilient, thriving,
and compassionate society.