Call for Proposals
Character Strength Interventions for Adolescents: Engaging Scholars and Practitioners to Promote Virtue Development
Application materials due: May 1, 2018
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We aim to support 3–5 research projects of $150,000–300,000 for up to 2 years in length
The Thrive Center for Human Development welcomes proposals for the “Character Strength Interventions for Adolescents: Engaging Scholars and Practitioners to Promote Virtue Development" funding initiative.
Funded projects will be conducted by teams made up of scholars and youth-serving practitioners to develop and test scientifically rigorous virtue interventions for adolescents that can be implemented in diverse youth-serving settings (primarily serving 13-18 year olds). Interventions should target the development of one or more of the following virtues: love, gratitude, hope, patience, generosity, joy, wisdom, and forgiveness. Projects that examine how spirituality and transcendent purpose affect the efficacy of virtue interventions will be viewed favorably.
Inquiries should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants should submit the following materials via email:
- A description of the work to be carried out, not to exceed 5,000 words (references do not have to be counted in this total). The description should include the central questions of the project, the background and significance of the questions, a description and rationale for the virtue(s) targeted in the intervention, a summary of the research design, and a description of the intervention context.
- A project abstract of up to 500 words that explains the project and its significance to non-academics, and that could be published on the project website, possibly published in John Templeton Foundation materials, and included in publicity materials if the proposal is funded.
- A detailed budget spreadsheet, between $150,000 and $300,000 in total costs (direct and indirect), with an accompanying narrative explaining line items, not to exceed three single-spaced pages. Overhead is limited to 15%, and funds cannot be used for major equipment purchases. Necessary project-specific costs for lab/space use and administrative support may be included as direct costs and must be justified.
- Approval of the relevant university signing officials.
- CV(s) or resume(s) of scholar and practitioner project leaders and a 500-word statement describing the capacity of the proposed team to perform collaborative work together.
Full proposals must be submitted by email attachment to email@example.com. The words “Full Proposal” should appear in the email subject line. The only acceptable file formats are .doc and PDF. Questions about full proposals can be sent to the submission address.
Full proposals must be received no later than May 1, 2018 at midnight Pacific Time. An acknowledgement email will be sent within seven days of receiving the materials.
All teams must include at least one scholar with a PhD or an equivalent terminal degree (e.g., EdD, PsyD) and at least one senior or highly experienced youth-serving practitioner (e.g., a director level or equivalent). At least one of the project co-leaders must be located at a university or nonprofit organization. Criteria for proposal review will include the following: potential impact, fit with program aims, strength of scholar-practitioner partnership/record of successful collaboration, scholarly merit, scientific rigor, creativity/novelty, capacity for success, feasibility, scalability, responsible budget, addresses needs of an underserved population, and attention to faith/spirituality variables. All applications must be submitted in English and all payments will be made in US dollars.
The Project Leader of a funded project must commit to the following:
1) Submit semi-annual and final reports, as well as semi-annual and final expenditure reports. The reports should not exceed 2 pages and should detail the outcomes of the funded project. Templates will be provided.
2) Attend, present initial findings, and engage in workgroups at a conference in October 2018, where Project Leaders from two simultaneous funding initiatives related to “Character Strength Interventions in Adolescents: Engaging Scholars and Practitioners to Promote Virtue Development” will be in attendance. Airfare, lodging, and onsite meals will be covered, and provided by the host team.
3) Attend, present findings, and engage in workgroups at a conference in September 2020, where Project Leaders from two simultaneous funding initiatives related to “Character Strength Interventions in Adolescents: Engaging Scholars and Practitioners to Promote Virtue Development” will be in attendance. Airfare, lodging, and onsite meals will be covered and provided by the host team.
4) Consent to have project presentation at the final conference be videotaped and publicly displayed.
5) Submit guide and implementation plan of a scalable character intervention. The implementation plan should outline the major steps in the process of implementing the intervention based on the steps identified in the Quality Implementation framework (Meyers, Durlak, & Wandersman, 2012).
6) Submit a chapter for the Virtue Interventions for Practitioners e-book by November 1, 2020. (Additional details will be provided.)
7) Notify the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org of all conference presentations, papers, and books that arise from the funded research in the final report and four months following the project end date.