Bridging Research and Practice

Transforming 5th to 12th Grade Education Through Evidence-Based Approaches To Character Development


Under a variety of designations (virtues, life skills, soft skills, social and emotional skills, learning mindsets, developmental assets, non-cognitive factors), character strengths and skills in young people have long been considered essential for social, personal, and vocational success. Yet despite the promise of character, very few evidence-based approaches to cultivating character in 5th-12th grade students are available for broad dissemination today.

Request for Proposals

In an effort to move what we believe to be a promising field forward, Character Lab will award a total of $1.2 million in grants to support the execution of two-year, school-based research projects focused on character development interventions during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. Each proposal may request up to $300,000.