New Directions in the Study of Prayer (NDSP) aims to generate innovative research on practices of prayer and to foster the development of an interdisciplinary network of scholars engaged in the study of prayer. Supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation, and developed in conjunction with the SSRC's program on Religion and the Public Sphere, the project is led by a multi-disciplinary SSRC advisory committee.
Launched in September 2011, NDSP invited proposals from scholars in all disciplines for studies that will enhance knowledge of the social, cultural, psychological, and cognitive dimensions of prayer, and of its origins, variations, and correlations in human life. The program recently announced the selection of twenty-eight grantees, including both researchers and journalists. Over the coming years, grantees will participate in a series of interdisciplinary workshops and digital initiatives organized in conjunction with the project.