Research Grants

With generous support from the John Templeton Foundation, we are excited to announce the grant winners of our Varieties of Understanding project. These 20 outstanding research projects were selected from almost 400 initial proposals in Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology.


Psychology Research Projects

$1.6 million has been given to support empirical work in psychology on the nature and varieties of human understanding. These 8 projects were selected from 167 initial proposals.

Psychology Director: Tania Lombrozo, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley.

Instructional Approaches for Promoting Understanding: Teaching for Transfer

Jennifer L. Coffman (North Carolina) and Peter A. Ornstein (North Carolina)

A Sensemaking Model of Informal Science Education

Todd M. Gureckis (NYU) & Marjorie Rhodes (NYU)

Minimal Causal Explanation

Steven Sloman (Brown) & David Lagnado (UCL)

The Interplay of Subjective and Objective Understanding in Financial Decision-Making

Philip Fernbach (Colorado) & Bart De Langhe (Colorado)

Understanding through the Body and the World

Barbara Tversky (Columbia/Stanford)



Philosophy Research Projects

$715,000 has been given to support work in philosophy on the nature and varieties of human understanding. These 8 projects were selected from 161 initial proposals.

Philosophy Director: Michael Strevens, Professor of Philosophy, New York University

The Unity of Practical and Theoretical Understanding

John Bengson (Wisconsin) & Marc Moffett (Texas, El Paso)

Understanding as a Form of Respect

Remy Debes (Memphis)

Virtue and Understanding

Alison Hills (Oxford)

True Enough

Catherine Z. Elgin (Harvard)

The Production of Public Understanding

Matthew Slater (Bucknell) & Jason Leddington (Bucknell)



Theology Research Projects

$315,000 has been given to support work in theology on the nature and varieties of human understanding. These 4 projects were selected from 67 initial proposals.

Theology Director: Gordon Graham, Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts, Princeton Theological Seminary

New Models of Religious Understanding

Fiona Ellis (Heythrop)