Prospective Psychology is a two-stage project established in 2012 by Professor Martin E.P. Seligman, Director of the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center, with two generous grants from the John Templeton Foundation.

Stage 1, occurring from September 2012 to September 2015, establishes the foundation of this new field, including a book and several journal articles as well as pioneering research in the disciplines of psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy. This endeavor is led by Dr. Seligman, Dr. Roy Baumeister (Florida State University), Dr. Peter Railton (University of Michigan), and Dr. Chandra Sripada (University of Michigan).

Stage 2, occurring from September 2013 to September 2016, is a research competition for up to fifteen Templeton Science of Prospection Awards, funding 22- to 24-month projects with an average of $150,000. This initiative encourages all proposals that promise to advance the science of prospection.

The initiative is particularly interested in four key areas of prospection research:  (1) Measuring prospection, (2) Mechanisms of prospection, (3) Application of prospection and (4) Improving prospection.  A fifth (5) Open area acknowledges that there are many unknowns about prospection and, therefore, some proposals may not fit neatly into the first four categories.  

This website details information prospective applicants will need. Please navigate through the above menu to learn more about prospection, the research competition, and the exisiting literature.