Request for Proposals
Full Proposal

PIs invited to submit a full proposal are encouraged to reach out to Drs. Richert and Corriveau to arrange a skype or zoom meeting to discuss ideas. The goal is for all individuals invited to submit full proposals to submit the strongest possible case for their proposal.

For those invited to submit a Full Proposal, the Full Proposal will contain:

Cover Letter

​The cover letter should include:

  1. Names and affiliations for all associated site investigators

  2. Statement of commitment to attend annual meetings, submit required reports, and maintain regular contact with the Primary Investigators

  3. Statement confirming history of IRB approval to collect data associated with the development of religious cognition (including feasibility to ask such questions at the site, and the possible risks associated with such topics) with children at all sites included in the proposal. Statement indicating a plan to follow participants longitudinally for at least 2 waves of data (ideally 3), and the possible risks associated with such a plan.

  4. Statement confirming commitment to following the collaborative data collection, protocol sharing, data sharing, and publication practices determined by the PIs and Advisory Board.

  5. To avoid conflicts of interest, we ask for confirmation that funding from this project will not be used to collect data for already funded projects (i.e., double dipping). To this end, we ask for a statement describing all current and pending research projects. We are especially interested in other collaborative work and ask that the statement highlight a plan to mitigate any potential conflicts of interest, should they arise. We will utilize this statement to work individually with successful project teams to develop appropriate data sharing agreements.


Site Survey

For each site that is part of the proposal, investigators must complete the site survey. The site survey asks for the following information:

  1. General geographic information

  2. General demographic information (e.g., population size including number of children in proposed age range, educational attainment, economic status)

  3. Religious affiliation

  4. Specific religious/supernatural beliefs



Project Proposal

The main proposal document should be no more than 10 single-spaced pages and should address:

  1. Fit: The fit for the investigator(s) and associated research site(s) with the Developing Belief Network

  2. Site History: Summary of prior research conducted at the research site(s), including a brief overview of methods and measures, characteristics and numbers of participants, and citations to relevant publications

  3. Primary Research Questions: Which of the specific research questions (see Section 2 above) the investigators hope to address with their research. This section should include (1) a brief summary of the background literature that the investigators view as most relevant and (2) an explanation for how the research site(s) are relevant for the specific research question(s).

  4. Secondary Research Questions: Any research questions the investigator(s) think the Developing Belief Network is well-positioned to answer.

  5. Budget & Budget Justification: See required and allowable expenses outlined in Sections 7 and 8 above. Consistent with guidelines set by the John Templeton Foundation, the budget should be broken into the following categories:

I. Personnel (including benefits)

II. Travel, Lodging, & Meal Expenses

III. Data Collection & Analysis

IV. Equipment/IT/Software

V. Open-Access Publication Fees

   6. Curriculum Vitae (must include current and pending funding)


The Developing Belief Network is funded by The John Templeton Foundation, with additional support from the University of California, Riverside and Boston University, and involves a partnership with Databrary.