Dr. Fenggang Yang, Director of Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University.
This program is generously supported by John Templeton Foundation. John Templeton Foundation has supported initiatives of dialogue between science and religion and the “Beijing Summit on Chinese Spirituality and Society: A Symposium of the Social Scientific Study of Religion”, which was held at Peking University on October 8-10, 2008. The conference was reported by The People’s Daily, the Guangming Daily, the Chinese Ethnic News, and Social Sciences Weekly.
Either qualitative or quantitative methods are appropriate. The project may involve case studies, national or regional questionnaire surveys, interviews, participant observation, etc. You may use more than one research method, but the use of each research method must be rigorous and appropriate. Using multiple methods may not always be better than using a single method.
No. A single person may not be the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of two grant applications. A scholar may be the principal investigator of one project and participate in another project in some other manner, but not as a principal investigator.
No. Each scholar may only submit one LOI for either Research Center Grant or Individual Grant. Scholars may be listed as a researcher on multiple LOIs/projects, but again they may only submit one LOI as the principal investigator.
Yes, you need to be affiliated with a university or an institute to be eligible.
Yes. You must list the source, amount and usage of the other award in the LOI and full proposal and explain how you are going to use this award if granted.
Projects only focusing on religion in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are not eligible. However, comparative studies that include mainland China and Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau are allowed.
Grants will be awarded for research conducted over a two-year period, beginning January, 2011.
The judges are bilingual scholars who are experts of Chinese religion and society. Scholars who are submitting proposals to the CSS Program may not serve as judges.
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Only the principal investigator will be invited to attend the workshops. Other researchers may apply to participate in the workshops at their own expenses. These cases will be considered in accordance with their particular situation.
No. However, we will invite them to attend the final conference and provide some subsidies for transportation and accommodation.
All principal investigators of funded projects are obligated to prepare for and participate in the training workshops and the final conference. This is an important prerequisite for the later installments of the funding.
Click here to download the information for Research Center Grants (PDF).
The person in charge of a research center or institute is eligible to apply for the grant. The project may involve multiple researchers within the center and collaborators in other universities. The center/institute must have demonstrated institutional support from the university and/or other relevant authorities, such as release time for the principal investigator, staff support, office space, financial support to the research or its related conference, and so on.
Grants will be awarded to a single institution in mainland China, but a project may include scholars from other universities or institutions in other countries. For example, a center in mainland China might invite scholars from the USA as collaborators or advisors.
No. The funding from this program can only be used for the research project you have applied. The fund cannot be used for general administrative cost of the center.
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Scholars, Post-doctoral fellows and Doctoral students who are affiliated with universities, colleges, and research centers may apply for Individual Grants.
No. We do not accept applications applied directly by the graduate students in a master's program. You may submit your application with your advisor but your advisor must serve as the principal investigator.
Yes. Doctoral students may submit their own proposal with the permission and recommendation from their Ph.D. advisor. Or, you may submit the proposal with your advisor, who will serve as the principal investigator.
It is better to have the recommendation from your advisor. Under special circumstances, you may request recommendation by other well known scholars. This needs to be clearly explained in your application.
Yes. Researchers of Individual Grants may reside in any country, but their research must focus on mainland China, or the project may be a comparative study including mainland China.
Yes. However, no more than two key researchers are allowed in the same project, and only one of the scholars can be listed as the principal investigator. The other scholars may serve as advisors or participating researchers. The principal investigator may invite one or more graduate students to participate as research assistants.
Interested parties must begin the application process by submitting a letter of intent. Letters of intent should be no more than three pages. Please visit the following web page for detail information.
A panel of judges will select 30 applicants to be invited to submit full proposals.
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An itemized budget is not mandatory for the LOI. However, it is expected that your LOI indicates a description of the prudent use for the requested funding.
There is no cap on the salary that a principal investigator may claim as part of the direct costs of a proposed research budget. However, you should be very prudent with regard to the degree to which your proposed research program can be justified if a substantial portion of the requested grant funds goes toward the direct salary support of the principal investigator.
Yes. The conferences or meetings must be directly related to your funded project from CSSP.
The administrative fees incurred by the affiliated institutions and research administration cannot exceed 3% of your total award.
Yes. Please submit the LOI to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters and any accompanying documentation should be sent as attachments in Word or PDF.
No. The first step is to submit a letter of intent. Based on this letter, a panel of judges will select 30 applicants and invite them to submit full proposals. Applicants who are invited to submit full proposals will be notified by March 1, 2010. Do not submit a full proposal unless invited.
Yes, you may submit LOI and full proposal either in Chinese or English, which will be evaluated on an equal basis. However, if it is in Chinese, an English abstract (about 500 words) is required in the submission of LOI, and an executive summary (about 1000 words) is required in the submission of full proposal.
Letters of Intent must be submitted by email to email@example.com no later than December 15, 2009 (11:59 pm Eastern USA Time).
Full Proposals must be submitted no later than September 10, 2010 (11:59 pm Eastern USA Time).
As long as the correction is made before the published deadlines, you may withdraw your problematic submission and repeat the same application process to submit a revised version of your LOI or full proposal. If you need to do this, please contact the Project Manager firstname.lastname@example.org to request that we remove your initial application. Once you have received an e-mail notification that your application has been formally removed from the pool, you may resubmit a revised version of your LOI or full proposal. Also, remember to re-submit all grant packet content, including the portions that did not need revisions. This way, the new version will arrive at CRCS in one complete package of finalized materials.
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
CSSP Project Manager:
Dr. Lily Szeto
Phone: (765) 494-5801
Fax: (765) 494-6938