Image Credit: "Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine" by Robby McCullough

New Directions in the Study of Prayer (NDSP) was a project developed by the Council’s program on Religion and the Public Sphere. NDSP aimed to generate innovative research on practices of prayer and to foster the development of an interdisciplinary network of scholars engaged in studies that enhance knowledge of the social, cultural, psychological, and cognitive dimensions of prayer, and of its origins, variations, and manifestations in human life. Launched in September 2011, NDSP funded twenty-eight scholars and journalists conducting research on practices of prayer throughout the world, through a grants program supported by funding from the John Templeton Foundation.