John Templeton Foundation: 25 years of

Grants to support bold, innovative research by scientists and essay prizes to inspire a new generation of thinkers exploring these four deep and profound Big Questions:

  1. What was the earliest state of the universe?
  2. Is our universe unique or is it part of a much larger multiverse?
  3. What is the origin of the complexity in the universe?
  4. Are we alone in the universe? Or, are there other life and intelligence beyond the solar system?


Beyond the Big Bang:
In Search of Cosmic Origins

Brian Greene, Columbia University
Friday, October 12, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Research Grant Program

About 15 grants of up to $300K (theory) or up to $500K (experimental).
Grant Winners »

Student Essay Competition

Monetary prizes of $5,000–$50,000 will be awarded to about 16 students.
Essay Winners »

Conference of  Award Winners October 12–13, 2012

Fifth Floor Conference Center
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


UChicago News

Scientists, students receive awards for exploring big questions about universe

By Steve Koppes
October 4, 2012

The Honorary Advisors to this program are the following eight Templeton Prize laureates whose expertise and interests are closely related to the program.

John D. Barrow, 2006:  Professor of Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge

Paul Davies, 1995:  Professor of Physics, Arizona State University

Freeman Dyson, 2000:  Professor Emeritus of Particle Physics, Institute for Advanced Study

George Ellis, 2004:  Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town

Michael Heller, 2008:  Professor of Philosophy, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Krakow, Poland

John Polkinghorne, 2002:  Fellow and former President of Queens’ College, University of Cambridge

Martin Rees, 2011:  Astronomer Royal

Charles Townes, 2005:  Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley