Here's a very interesting research proposal competition that is open globally - open for all interested individuals. Only scientifically plausible, at least in principle testable proposals will be accepted; proposals involving supernatural, ones that violate 'Laws of Physics' will not be considered, but conjectures involving extraterrestrial materials can be entertained if all material can be derived via experimentation . Details of the program and submission instructions given below.
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Instructions for submission: http://www.originlife.org/?q=instructions
ORIGIN OF LIFE RESEARCH AWARD
$50,000 AWARD FOR BEST PROPOSAL
$2,000,000 in Potential Research Funding
All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of scientific experts. Submissions should contain a statement of work to be performed and a letter of institutional support where appropriate. Submissions that suggest a multidisciplinary approach should describe how the necessary research capabilities will be provided. Submissions that rely on extraterrestrial sources of key materials must describe in detail how those materials would have been generated. Submissions involving the supernatural or that violate physical laws will not be considered.
Submissions that are deemed highly meritorious by the reviewing panel will be eligible for additional research funding of up to $2,000,000 over a multi-year period, at the discretion of the sponsor.
Electronic submissions are requested. All submissions shall be in
English (minimum 10 point type) and limited to 10 single-spaced pages,
including figures, but excluding citations. Submissions will be accepted
beginning July 1, 2011, with a final deadline of December 31, 2011. The
confidentiality of all proposals will be protected using guidelines
established by the U.S. National Science Foundation. The winner(s) will
be announced and the award(s) will be made early in 2012. Until that
time, the funds for the award are being held in a trust account by the
law firm of Hurley Re, PC. Confirmation may be obtained by email to: OriginofLifeAccount@hurley-re.com.
-- Harry Lonsdale