The TVF Kairos Grant

The Vervaeke Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting research, innovation, and responses to The Meaning Crisis:

“The Meaning Crisis is at the root of modern crises of mental health, the response to environmental collapse, and the political system. We are drowning in bullshit – literally “meaninglessness”. We feel disconnected from ourselves, each other, the world, and a viable future….Many people are talking about The Meaning Crisis, but what I want to argue is that these problems are deeper than just social media problems, political problems, even economic problems… they’re deeply historical, cultural, cognitive problems.”

Dr. John Vervaeke


The TVF Kairos Grant is a funding opportunity for researchers and innovators to pursue deeper understanding of, and solutions towards, these complex interdisciplinary issues. Successful applicants will demonstrate the importance of their prospective research or project to addressing one or more aspects of The Meaning Crisis.

Potential Topics:

  • Insight & Flow
  • Relevance Realization
  • Practical Psychotechnology
  • Wisdom Science 

Reference Video: The Meaning Crisis, Religio, and Religion in the 21st Century

Quarterly Application Deadlines:

11:59 PM EDT – January 15, April 15, July 15, October 15

Finalists will be contacted one month after the submission deadline.

Questions and Completed Applications will be submitted in PDF to [email protected]


Section A: Applicant Details

  1. Full name of applicant:
  1. Full name of any collaborators:
  1. Applicant email address:
  1. Applicant phone number:
  1. What previous experience or qualifications do you and your collaborators have that equip you to conduct this research/activity?

Section B: Proposed Activity

  1. What is the research/activity you are proposing to do? (max 500 words)
  1. What are the anticipated outcomes of the proposed research/activity? (max 200 words)
  1. What is the anticipated timeline/process of the proposed research/activity? (max 500 words)
  1. How does the proposed research/activity further the mandate of The Vervaeke Foundation, as you understand it? (max 500 words)

Section C: Resources Requested

  1. Requested funding amount. Please underline and bold which level of funding you are requesting:
  • $1000
  • $3000
  • $5000
  • Other: ___________
  1. Please provide a detailed breakdown of your proposed budget:
  1. Please provide a budget narrative, with supporting descriptions of each line item: 
  1. If you are not funded at the full amount requested, do you have a plan to supplement partial funding from other sources?

Supporting Attachments: Letters of Support, CVs, Preliminary Data, Bibliography, Mockup, etc.