Request For Proposals- Cognitive Neuroscience of Religious Belief

January 04, 2022

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northcentral University, with the help of a very generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, are now welcoming proposals to investigate questions that concern the Cognitive Neuroscience of Religion, especially those that investigate the brain mediation of relationships with supernatural agents.

Details: Request for Proposals–Cognitive Neuroscience of Religion

This competition will award up to $500,000 to empirical proposals that utilize the methodologies of cognitive neuroscience combined with experimental designs that are based on cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, and other methods of collecting systematic data on religious belief and practice.

Those interested in applying should send a Letter of Intent by February 1st, 2022 to (full instructions included in the attached RFP). Invitations to submit a full proposal will then be returned by March 1st, 2022.

Please forward to any colleagues you think may be interested. Any inquiries or questions about the competition should be directed to Dr. Jordan Grafman (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab) or Dr. Patrick McNamara (Northcentral University) and sent to

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