The US National Institutes of Health is seeking grant proposals investigating the role of religion in children's and adolescents' risky behaviors. Relevant research questions include methodological issues (e.g., definitions and measures of religiosity, measurement of risky behavior) as well as mechanistic issues regarding the development of religious beliefs, motivational influences behind religious beliefs and behaviors, and the role of genetics. Contextual issues, such as family structure, parental religious beliefs & practices, and others also are relevant to the grant.
The grant will fund up to $275,000 in direct costs and is open to public or private institutions as well as for-profit and non-for-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and others.
In my memory grants such as this are relatively rare. It will be interesting to follow this grant and the research it generates -- who will receive the grant? What will they add to the existing body of knowledge?