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Our Funders

The Life Paths Research Center is grant-supported.
Current and recent grants include:

National Institute of Justice: Polyvictimization and Resilience Project
January 2016 – December 2018.

The Digital Trust Grant
July 2015 – June 2017.

National Institute of Justice: Youth Bias Victimization Project
January 2016 – January 2018.

Research Integration Strategies Evaluation (RISE) for Boys and Men of Color
March 29, 2016 – December 20, 2016

(Detailed announcements forthcoming)

The John Templeton Foundation awarded a grant to Dr. Sherry Hamby of the University of the South, Dr. John Grych of Marquette University, and to Dr. Victoria Banyard of the University of New Hampshire to study the Laws of Life Essay Program in relation to how individuals develop character strengths and the resilience to overcome adversity. The Templeton Foundation awards funding within parameters of five core funding areas, and the Life Paths Research Center received $1.1 million from the core area of character development.

Our program joins diverse studies focused on character development spanning adolescence and adulthood. Sir John emphasized the qualities of character, and The John Templeton Foundation offers forgiveness, future-mindedness, generosity, honesty, purpose, and reliability, as examples of positive characteristics. The Life Paths Research Center delves into understanding the crucial relationship between culture and behavior expressed in beliefs, values, and community views.


This project/ publication was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.