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“Global Transitions and Asia 2060” Executive Summary

“Water – The Crisis Ahead” Executive Summary

Winter 2010 Newsletter

All Foundation publications are available for download from our Publications page.



Norman Myers Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• May 18, 2020

12th Annual Kistler Prize

• Fall 2011



“Global Transitions and Asia 2060” Workshop

• Taipei, Taiwan
• November 2010

Peter Ward Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• October 2010

11th Annual Kistler Prize

• September 2010

“Managing the Future”

• Talk by Sesh Velamoor
• July 2010

“Water – The Crisis Ahead”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• April 2010  [AUDIO FILES]






Research Grant Awards


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Subjects and Conditions

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Preliminary Grant Applications, in this cycle, will be considered for funding only if they pertain to one of the four specific subject areas described below:

1. How will global changes in birth rates, mortality rates, and reproductive technology affect the human genome over the long-term future?

2. What effect will the current global immigration and emigration of populations have on the demography of the planet over the long-term future?

3. What are likely to be the major global driving forces/initiatives/issues for humanity through the new millennium?

4. Are mechanisms of biological and cultural evolution in sync with our systems of governance and economy? How are they likely to evolve and develop over the long-term future?

Conditions for Consideration of the Preliminary Grant Application

The following conditions must be met for applications to be considered for funding:

1. Preliminary Grant Applications must be submitted between January 1 and April 30 of a given year to be considered for funding awarded in that year.

2. Preliminary Grant Applications must be complete and the proposed work must relate specifically to one of the subject areas listed above.

3. Research time frames may take past, present, and the immediate future into account, but must be focused on the 50- to 200-year (or longer) future time horizon.

4. The researcher must document and demonstrate the suitability of his or her background, ability, resources, and competence to conduct the research for which funding is sought.

5. Research proposals spread over multiple phases and extended periods of time will not be funded. The maximum term for completion of Foundation grant projects is 24 months.

6. The Foundation For the Future does not fund experimental or laboratory scientific research in the micro sense, unless such research is clearly demonstrated to be relevant for the long-term future of humanity in the macro sense. As an example, a project focused on one geographic region of the world, or a single culture, would be rejected unless the applicant clearly demonstrates relevance for the long-term future of humanity as a whole.