The promotion of research is one of the most important functions of the Society. The SPR has two grant funds, the SPR Research Fund and the Survival Research Fund (which incorporates the Tate Fund).
The SPR Research Fund
Applications are invited from academics, PhD students at British universities, and knowledgeable, committed individuals. SPR research projects vary in scope, and all applications are considered on their merit. Recently, the SPR has supported such diverse projects as purchase of equipment for haunting investigations, experiments in dowsing, examination of Ganzfeld experiments, a survey of psychic experiences, work with sitter groups, investigation of mental healing, and PK meditation.
To apply for an SPR Grant please download and complete the application form at the bottom of this page. Applications should be sent to the Chair of the Research Grants Committee, c/o the Society. They should include a brief CV, an outline (preferably no more than 1500 words) of the projected research and the rationale for undertaking it, and a breakdown of the costs involved. Applications for grants of £1000 or over will be considered en bloc in July of each year, and should be submitted by 1st June (this deadline will be strictly adhered to). Normally, no grant in excess of £5000 will be awarded. Applications for small amounts may be made at any time. It is a condition of the award of a grant that an account of the completed research be sent to the Society for inclusion in one of its publications or in its archives.
Deborah Delanoy, Chair of the Research Grants Committee
The Survival Research Fund (incorporating the Tate Fund)
The SPR’s Survival Research Fund supports scientific research into the fundamental question of whether some aspect of consciousness or personality survives the death of the body. It supports projects that aim to generate new evidence for survival, that collate, analyse and/or disseminate relevant evidence, that draw on such evidence for theory development, or that generate theoretical frameworks for relevant theory building. Of particular interest are projects that stimulate thinking and debate about the kinds of research that could potentially shed light on the survival question. With a focus on the truth of survival claims, the fund is unlikely to support research into psychological or sociological aspects of belief in survival.
Examples of relevant research are:
- Projects that collate survival evidence, e.g. retrospectives, bringing scattered data together, aligning disparate strands of evidence;
- Projects that generate new survival evidence, e.g. replicating kinds of evidence generated in the past, or new work with prominent psychics;
- Projects that make use of survival evidence, e.g. for theory building, or integrating survival evidence into current scientific knowledge;
- Projects that generate the theoretical frameworks for theory building, e.g. philosophical concepts, theoretical virtues;
- Projects to stimulate thinking about the kinds of research that could potentially shed light on the survival question;
- Projects to disseminate evidence, analysis and results of research.
The submissions deadline for project proposals is 1st June each year, although for 2014 the deadline has been extended to 1 October. Typical awards are in the order of £3,000 and are unlikely to exceed £5,000. The Survival Research Committee also accepts applications for smaller grants, up to £1,000, at any time of year. Proposals should be no more than three pages, outlining the project’s tasks, cost breakdown, outputs, strategic promise and relevance to the aims of the Fund. The proposer should demonstrate familiarity with relevant methods in survival research and place the proposed work in the context of prior research. Investigators’ CVs and the names of two referees should be included. Proposals should be addressed to the Chairman of the SRC, at the Society’s address.
Marian Barton, Chair of the Survival Research Committee