The Historical Society recently announced a new competitive RFP-based research program investigating Religion and Innovation in Human Affairs. With generous funding from the John Templeton Foundation, this major interdisciplinary grants program is launching in September 2011. It will provide $2.0 million in research support for empirical, conceptual, and interpretive work exploring the role religion may play as a driving force of innovation in human affairs. The competitive RFP-based research program will award approximately 15 two-year grants of $100,000 each and a few larger grants of $250,000 to support archaeological fieldwork and traditional social science and historical investigation, as well as conceptually-oriented analysis. The official RFP, with instructions on how to apply, will be released later this summer. Until then, learn more here, on the Historical Society site.