Thanks to the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation we are running a major new funding scheme to address big questions in the field of cultural evolution. After all, how our cultures evolve (including how information is transmitted, how people make decisions, and the interaction with our biology) is a pressing issue in a world in which our cultural activities are causing rapid, and drastic, social and physical changes.
Through this funding scheme we aim to tackle early career obstacles, western-centrism, traditional disciplinary divides, and division of scientists and public policy makers (see Enhancing Diversity in the field), through:
- 5 Applied Working Groups (£34,000 each over 18 months, see Funding Particulars) to implement cultural evolution with real impact on pressing societal issues, for example sustainability, public health, education, politics, business, conservation and welfare.
- The “Evolutionary Approaches to Sustainability” standing WG of CES
- 4 new competitively funded WGs as proposed by applicants
5 Applied (2-day international) Workshops including academic and non-academic delegates (organised by the applied working groups with CES support).
1 Capstone Conference featuring the research and findings of all research projects and applied working groups funded (following the 2024 CES conference in Durham, UK).
3 co-produced Capacity Building Courses (expected to take place in Ethiopia, Colombia, and Thailand).
Diverse Public Engagement and Outreach activities.
The deadline for the first (outline) stage of the funding competition is expected to be mid December 2021 and funded awards to begin in December 2022-January 2023. Although the exact deadlines cannot be finalized at this point, further information regarding funding particulars and how to apply is available.
Guidance & Assistance
We plan to hold virtual pre-application webinars and workshops (details to be announced but please signify your interest in such events here).
If you would like assistance in linking up with other academics to achieve, or discuss, your application ideas please use the ‘research match-making’ form here and we will endeavor to help.
We actively encourage early discussion of ideas, eligibility or remit etc. If you have any questions about the awards available please check the Frequently Asked Questions where you will have the opportunity to pose a question if yours remains unanswered.