The Infinity Foundation is calling
for project proposals to do research and/or develop educational
materials, whose objective would be to improve the authenticity
of portrayal of Indic traditions in the educational system. These
projects would result in one or more of the following: books,
curriculum development, articles, conferences, CD-ROMs, digital
slide shows, Internet presentations, and audio/video materials.
Topics covered may include: philosophy, history, religion, science,
art and sociology, as they pertain to the educational curricula
on Indic traditions.
These initiatives are in response
to growing concern over inaccurate and damaging 'Orientalist'
portrayals of India and India's cultural legacy, portrayals that
have persisted in educational curricula despite the scathing
critiques leveled by post-modern scholars. In order to foster
greater harmony among different peoples and cultures, The Infinity
Foundation has been giving grants to various institutions with
these same overall objectives.
While the Infinity Foundation
will consider all proposals dealing with the authentic portrayal
of Indic traditions, it particularly wishes to receive proposals
on the following topics:
- The compilation and/or development
of works detailing the contributions of India to world civilization
in math, science, technology, philosophy, religion, art, etc.
- Explorations of India's role
in world history, including: the dissemination of literacy and/or
spiritual values throughout Asia; the European exploration of
the New World; the Rise of the Industrial Revolution; and the
"Aryanization" of German national identity.
- The examination of India's influence
on modern and post-modern literature in the West, such on as
the works of Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Browning, Eliot, Isherwood,
Hesse, Ginsburg, Kerouac, diPrima, etc., so as to enrich the
- The study of Indic contributions
to modern psychology, cognitive sciences and the emerging worldview,
including the influence on thinkers such as Schrodinger, Jung,
Teilhard de Chardin, Wilbur, etc.
- Bringing to light India's influence
on the development of European and Asian languages and linguistics.
- The re-examination of the current
social conditions of India, including women's issues, caste,
poverty, pollution, etc., in the light of its history over the
past thousand years and imposition of foreign civilization, as
opposed to the prevailing Orientalist attitude of holding its
religions and/or indigenous traditions solely responsible.
- The critique of the portrayal
of India in American educational materials such as textbooks,
which might involve: pointing out stereotypes, inaccuracies,
omissions, along with plans and activities to convince educational
authorities and publishers to take corrective action.
- Review of media portrayals about
India and Indian civilization, and/or critiques of these.
- The organization of conferences
or composition of conference papers on these topics.
All grant applications must contain
the following items:
- A detailed C. V. highlighting
your demonstrable commitment to the topic area
- A typed proposal, 2 to 5 pages
in length, detailing what is to be accomplished, the methodology
that will be used, the time required for completion and the amount
of funding requested.
Applications should be submitted
by mail or fax to:
The Infinity Foundation
66 Witherspoon Street, Suite 400
Princeton, NJ 08542
All applications should be clearly
marked "GRANT PROPOSAL". All complete applications
will be considered on a merit basis either by the trustees of
the Foundation or by an advisory committee appointed by it. All
applications become the property of the Foundation. There is
no deadline for submission. Awards will be made on a merit basis,
judged on the importance of the project to the Foundation's mission,
and also upon the availability of funds. All decisions made by
the Foundation will be final.
The following criteria will be
- Grant recipients will not be
chosen from any particular educational or scientific institution,
or from any particular geographic location. A key criterion will
be the potential recipient's demonstrated commitment to the topic
- A grantee must be a scholar,
teacher, visionary, or spiritual leader whose work in the topics
above would be enhanced by a grant from the Foundation.
- The Foundation wishes to make
known this availability of grants to traditional and nontraditional
educational, scientific, cultural, and religious institutions.
- The Foundation will select grant
recipients from among the individuals who submit completed applications,
interviews or discussions as deemed appropriate.
- The Foundation will pay the
grant funds directly to the grant recipient. Each grant recipient
must agree in writing to use the grant funds to defray the expenses
associated with the approved project.
- In those instances where the
reports submitted under the grant, or other information (including
the failure to submit reports) indicate that any part of a grant
is not being used for intended purposes, the Foundation will
investigate and will withhold further payments to the extent
possible until it receives delinquent reports. If the Foundation
learns that any part of a grant is being diverted from the intended
purposes, it will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to
recover the grant funds and/or to ensure restoration of the diverted
funds to the purposes of the grant. This would include legal
action if deemed appropriate under the circumstances.
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non-profit, charitable foundation. For more information concerning
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