Timeline

January through March 2010

Conceptual lexicon project: Alfred Mele and a small group of experts in philosophy, neuroscience, and social psychology write a free will lexicon that provides terminological guidance for grant proposals (see below).

March and April 2010

A one-year post-doctoral position in the FSU Philosophy Department for a philosopher with a special interest in free will is advertised, and an offer is made for the 2010-11 academic year.

April through September 2010

Advertising of grant programs in three areas: science of free will ($2.8 million); theoretical underpinnings of free will, round 1 ($165,000); and theology of free will, round 1 ($132,000).

September 2010 through March 2011

Letters of intent and proposals received and evaluated; awards announced.

  1. Science of free will. See “Grants” section.
  2. Advertising starts on April 1, 2010. Letters of intent (due 9-1-2010) are solicited. Judges determine which applicants are invited to submit full proposals. Invitations are issued by October 15. Full proposals are due by January 15, 2011. Final decisions will be issued by March 31, 2011 for research to begin no later than September 1, 2011.

  3. Theoretical underpinnings of free will. See “Grants” section. Awards will typically be used to support sabbaticals and other research leaves.
  4. Two rounds of funding will be offered. Advertising for round 1 begins on May 1, 2010. Letters of intent (due 10-1-2010) are solicited. Judges determine which applicants are invited to submit full proposals. Invitations are issued by November 15. Full proposals are due by February 15, 2011. Final decisions will be issued by March 31, 2011. Awards begin July 1, 2011. The same procedure is followed in round 2, with advertising beginning on May 1, 2011 and final decisions issued by March 31, 2012 for awards to begin July 1, 2012.

    Other things being equal, applicants who are willing to be residential fellows for at least one semester at Florida State University will have an advantage. Residential fellows will receive an extra $6000 for one semester or $12,000 for two semesters of residency to offset moving and housing costs.

  5. Theology of free will. See “Grants” section. Awards will typically be used to support sabbaticals and other research leaves.
  6. Two rounds of funding will be offered, following the model described under 2 above and using the same dates and figures.

March and April 2011

A one-year post-doctoral position in the FSU Philosophy Department for a philosopher with a special interest in free will is advertised, and an offer is made for the 2011-12 academic year.

May 2011 through September 2011

Advertising of grant programs in two areas: theoretical underpinnings of free will, round 2 ($165,000); and theology of free will, round 2 ($132,000).

July 2011 through June 2013

Nominations for essay prizes are received on a rolling basis (see “Prizes” section). Up to ten prizes of $3000 each are awarded to authors of essays on free will published in popular venues. Awards are announced in September 2011, 2012, and 2013.

October 2011 through March 2012

Letters of intent and proposals received and evaluated for round 2 of the theoretical underpinnings and theology of free will grant programs; awards announced. For details, see descriptions under round 1 above. Awards begin July 1, 2012.

December 2011 through January 15, 2012

Advertising for a 2012 summer seminar on free will and science at Florida State University. This two-week seminar, directed by Alfred Mele, is for recent Ph.D.’s (Ph.D. received in 2009 or later) and graduate students. Each selected seminar member will receive a $1500 stipend for attending plus travel and lodging costs.

January 2012

Research colloquium 1.

January 15 to March 15, 2012

Summer seminar applications received; awards offered. Applications are due by February 16. Awards are announced by March 15.

March and April 2012

A one-year post-doctoral position in the FSU Philosophy Department for a philosopher with a special interest in free will is advertised, and an offer is made for the 2012-13 academic year.

June 2012

Two-week seminar on free will and science at Florida State University (Alfred Mele, director).

January 2013

Research colloquium 2.

December 2013

Research colloquium 3.