Please note that at this time we are not accepting unsolicited proposals for grants and scholarships.

Funding Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is eligible to apply for funding?

Individuals or institutions may apply to The Biosophical Institute for funds. If your individual project is funded, we will require that you identify a nonprofit institution that will receive and administer the grant funds on your behalf.

Note: If you are employed at an academic institution, we advise you to speak with individuals in your sponsored projects office before applying as an individual. It is often harder to work out arrangements with your institution after an award is offered.

Nonprofit or public institutions with a U.S. 501(c)(3) status are eligible. If your organization has not finalized its nonprofit registration, you may partner with a registered nonprofit that will administer the grant on your behalf.

2. What types of projects are eligible?
A wide variety of types of projects are eligible, including doctoral work, education and training projects, conferences, workshops, library development and media projects (such as documentary films, TV programs and radio programs, as well as print media projects). All such projects are eligible as long as they fit The Biosophical Institute’s mission and suggested themes described above.

3. How much can I request?
Amounts of up to $20,000 are awarded based on the type of grant, regardless of the number of individuals working on the program or the length of the project. Grants may be higher or lower, depending on the type of activities needed to complete the project. If your total funding needs exceed our grant award, we encourage you to seek simultaneous funding from other donors. Amount of award may vary for scholarships.

4. How is the proposal reviewed?
All proposals will be reviewed by members of the Biosophical Institute External Giving Committee. Review criteria will be based on the merits of the proposal, the potential for the project to advance the objectives of Biosophy, and the potential impact that the project will have on society. Outside reviewers may be consulted if needed who have expertise in the research area of the proposed project.

An award may be less than the requested budget, depending on available funds.

5. What do I need to do if I receive a grant award?
In addition to midterm and final progress and financial reports, awardees are required to provide two copies of the outcome of the project to the Biosophical Institute for inclusion in the Biosophical Library. For film or media projects, a copy of final materials must be provided to the Biosophical Institute.

6. When are proposals accepted?

Typically requests for proposals are posted during the spring each year with funding decisions made by summer.

The Biosophical Institute supports equal opportunity in the awarding of grants and in its internal policies.