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The cogito foundation

It is the goal of the foundation to encourage the dialogue between science and technology on the one hand and humanities and the social sciences on the other side. It also strives to make scientific thinking better known and understood by the public at large.

The cogito foundation would like to know how the gap between the cultures came to be about, what caused it and how it developped.

Research proposals for interdisciplinary projects that attempt to bridge this gap may be funded. Such projects need to have a genuine cooperation between the disciplines, where both sides gain scientifically. They should transcend an established application of methods from one discipline in another. In this respect the neurological study of consciousness or an art-historical study that uses chemical analysis are not per se interdisciplinary. An indication of interdisciplinarity can be the participation of investigators from both the natural sciences and the humanities or social sciences.

A second type of grants supported by the cogito foundation are projects that aim to increase the understanding of scientific thinking and how scientific knowledge is gained in the public at large. This implies that the focus is not on the distribution of the latest research results, but rather on the process of the scientific method.

Renowned researchers may submit a research project. The grantee is responsible for the selection of the personnel (graduate students, assistants, professionals). The project is embedded in an academic institution (University). The foundation does not pay overhead or infrastructure. Criteria for the grant decision are the scientific quality of the project and the qualifications of the Principal Investigator.

The cogito foundation doesn't offer grants for education.

 

Deadlines for grant applications:

  • May 1, for decisions by the end of June
  • October 1, for decisions by mid December

For more details : http://www.cogitofoundation.ch/en/typeofgrants/default.asp

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