As part of Round 2 of the Global Innovations for Character Development initiative the Foundation is offering up to 12 proof of concept awards ($234,000 USD) for innovative, high quality research and implementation projects.
Specifically, the Round 2 Request for Proposals (RFP) will fund:
1. Formative research that explores the process of character formation and local conceptualizations of character strengths.
2. The development and evaluation of scalable innovations aimed at promoting and fostering character strengths, and;
3. The development, adaptation or validation of tools for measuring character development
Successful proposals will demonstrate a clear path to generating impact on individuals through demonstrable changes in knowledge, awareness and the practice of character strengths. They must include a rigorous evaluation methodology.
The Foundation is also offering an award of up to $1 million USD to scale up a character development innovation. This opportunity is open to innovations that have a peer-reviewed evidence base, and that are ready to achieve substantial impact through widespread implementation.
The Foundation conceives of character strengths as learned and learnable attributes, virtues, skills, habits, or capabilities that enable individuals to live better, more fulfilling, and prosperous lives. Examples include, but are not limited to: gratitude, honesty, humility, kindness, perseverance, responsibility, forgiveness, and empathy. We strongly encourage the identification and study for character strengths, not listed here, which are embedded in local cultures, languages and countries.
RFP deadline is August 26, 2019