The Scientific Virtues: Planning Grant for a National Survey of the Ethical Perceptions of Scientific Leaders

We propose to develop and administer a questionnaire to collect information from a sample of 1000 scientific policy leaders (including members of national scientific societies, members of the National Academies of Science, winners of a Nobel Prize, leaders of major scientific research centers, etc.) about their views on science and virtue and their current thinking about the translation of these ethical virtues into research practices. The results of this survey will provide the first systematic picture of how these values are understood by leading scientists, and promise to help transform the teaching of responsible conduct of scientific research.


Jon Miller, Center for Political Studies (U-M PI)

Templeton Foundation

Project Period
4/5/2012 - 10/5/2012