Research Projects Selected from the RFP


We started this journey way back in Spring 2016 when we first began having regular meetings about the direction to go with the grant. Those initial meetings were instrumental in discussing the various ideas that came to fruition through the grant. In October 2016, we received confirmation of funding and since then, this project has been a fun journey, filled with many positive experiences.  The most rewarding part of this research project is where we are now and excitement for the future that is yet to be realized. We recently selected the 10 research projects that will comprise the $2 million request for proposals. There were 135 letters of intent (LOI) that were submitted in April 2017 and from those 135 LOIs, we selected 32 research teams to submit a full research proposal. From those 32 full proposals that were submitted, we selected 10 to receive funding. We are grateful to our Advisory Board for their instrumental help in reviewing the LOIs and full proposals and providing us guidance on which proposals should be selected.

We could not be more excited about the research projects that were selected. They are diverse in the population sample and their research methodologies, but are uniform in their focus on better understanding whether and how persons can potentially exhibit growth following adversity, challenge, and failure in character strengths and virtues. On the research page you can find the specific research projects, including title, team members, and the executive summary.

The projects come from different backgrounds of Psychology, including clinical, developmental, health, and social. The populations and adversities of focus are wide-ranging, covering health adversities, such as cancer diagnosis; common adversities in young adulthood, including the transition to college and young adulthood and interpersonal failures that may arise; adversities that may arise throughout the course of life that are daily and potentially major in their consequences; adjustment following military deployment; adjustment to life as a refugee in another country; and the transition to assisted living, something that more and more Baby Boomers will be encountering in the years and decades to come.

The methodologies utilized are innovative in their potential for studying the multiple levels at which growth could potentially occur following adversity, challenge, or failure. These methodologies at their core involve longitudinal assessments or studying the same individuals repeatedly over the course of time. Data collection will involve gathering information from participants themselves (self-reports), informants or close loved ones who know the participant well, simultaneous collection of data from participants and their spouses (dyads), and behavior approaches. The data will be collected along different time-scales, including daily-diary designs, as well as monthly assessments.

We very much look forward to sharing more information on the projects in the coming years as research teams will be submitting blog posts and the website will be updated as research findings are presented at conferences.