IRVA and IRIS-PA Sponsor the René Warcollier Prize
“If you want to refer to the 'father of remote viewing,' you would have to go back half a century to the French parapsychologist, René Warcollier.”
from a 1998 interview in Psychic World
The International Remote Viewing Association, in collaboration with IRIS-Psi & Applications (IRIS-PA, based in Paris, France), is pleased to announce the latest Warcollier Prize competition. The Prize is a financial award presented to the winner of a judged competition for the best research proposal investigating some aspect of remote viewing (to be completed during the year following Prize award). It exists to encourage original research on all aspects of remote viewing as a way to move human understanding of the principles and applications of remote viewing forward. A further benefit is to build a body of fresh, high-quality remote viewing research which, IRVA believes, will ultimately draw academic and scientific attention to remote viewing and its future role in human endeavor.
The Warcollier Prize is named in honor of René Warcollier, the French chemical engineer and parapsychologist (April 1881 - May 1962) who conducted a series of experiments in what he characterized as "telepathic" communication. Participants in Warcollier's experiments were asked to act as "agents" to create drawings which they would then attempt to convey to others who, using only the capacities of their own minds, would record on paper the impressions they received from the "agents." These experiments were conducted at varying (often trans-oceanic) distances, and always in settings that precluded the participants from having any contact with one another during the experiment. This path-breaking research is now widely considered to be a major precursor to remote viewing and other forms of non-local perception.
The Warcollier Prize reflects the commitment of IRVA and IRIS-PA to the development of remote viewing and the promotion of the highest standards in remote viewing research. The award consists at a minimum of the sum of $3,000 USD, granted to the winning scientific research proposal. The award may increase in a given year dependent on contributions to the Gabrielle Pettingell Memorial Research Fund, which provides financial resources to the Prize competition.
This year the Warcollier Prize will be presented at the 2015 Remote Viewing Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 26-28, 2015. Announcement of the award and recipient(s), along with a summary article of the proposed experiment will be published in a subsequent issue of Aperture, the newsletter of the International Remote Viewing Association.
Award recipients are expected to present findings of the funded study at a future IRVA conference, submit a research report based upon results, and draft an article on the experiment suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, and a secondary article suitable for publication in Aperture.
Any competent researcher, regardless of institutional affiliation or academic background, may submit an application for the award. Employees, officers, and directors of IRVA and IRIS-PA are not eligible for participation.
The proposed research should directly involve remote viewing or investigate some aspect of human consciousness relevant to remote viewing.
All applications for the award must include:
- Completed IRVA/IRIS-PA research application cover sheet.
- Proposal (an approximate two-page overview of what is being researched and how the research will be conducted).
- Experimental design document, to include blinding protocol, randomization, statistical analysis, and other relevant protocols; research participant pool and selection procedures; and approximate time line and important milestones for experiment execution.
- Contact information and biographical sketch for the principal investigator(s).
- A sample participant consent form for any human research subjects, for review by IRVA's Institutional Review Board.
- An itemized budget showing anticipated expenses, with a list of additional sources and amounts of funding if budget exceeds award.
The entire application package, consisting of application cover sheet, proposal, experimental design, contact and biographical information, consent form and budget, must not exceed 15 pages. Applications exceeding 15 pages in length will NOT be considered.
Proposals must be submitted by email in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight, Pacific Daylight Time, May 31, 2015. Those which do not fulfill the required criteria will not be considered.
Applicants will be notified by midnight, June 15, 2015 as to the award decision for their proposal. The funds awarded will be available for research by July 31, 2015 according to IRVA's standard Warcollier Prize disbursement schedule (cited below). In the event no entry is deemed suitable, the award may not be presented. In this case award money will apply cumulatively to next year's competition.
Judging will be by a panel from IRVA and IRIS-PA research evaluators. Evaluators will score each application on a scale of 1 to 5, in each of the following six areas for a possible total of 30 points:
- Relevance [from (1) not relevant to (5) very relevant].
- Applicant will make a compelling case for why the research project is relevant to the field of remote viewing.
- Potential to advance the field [rated from (1) little potential to (5) significant potential].
- Applicant will make a compelling case for why the research project will advance understanding of remote viewing and human consciousness illustrating the contribution that the new study would provide.
- Understanding of prior research [rated from (1) poor to (5) excellent].
- Applicant will provide an organized, focused review of relevant prior research on which the study is built.
- Methodology [from (1) flawed to (5) very sound].
- Applicant will provide a detailed rationale for the proposed protocol and experimental design, along with a clear and accurate description of how the design will help meet the purposes of the study.
- Feasibility of study [from (1) not feasible to (5) easily completed].
- Applicant will propose a study that can be completed within the specified time and budget constraints.
- Analytic plan [from (1) poor to (5) excellent].
- Applicant will detail a complete and appropriate plan to analyze the study data.
Each evaluator will score each application. The applications scores will be tallied; and the highest scoring application will be awarded the prize. In the event of a tie, each evaluator will vote by ranking the tied applications. The application with the highest ranked score will be awarded the prize.
If no application exceeds a scoring threshold of 100 out of a possible 150 points, the award may not be presented. In this case award money will apply cumulatively to next year's competition.
Winners agree to execute the experiment, formalize the results, and report them (whether positive, mixed, or negative; negative results must be reported), to the IRVA board on or before May 31, 2016.
A brief (2-3 pages) progress report will be submitted mid-way through the research period. The final report should be a paper based on the results of the research and of the proper quality and format for submission to a journal for publication. Winners will be encouraged to submit the finished paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal of their choice, and a summary article written for a lay audience will be submitted to the editors of Aperture, with appropriate acknowledgment of IRVA and IRIS-PA support for the research.
Funding will be linked to the approval of the progress report and final paper. Winner will receive fifty percent (50%) of the total prize for that year (minimum $1,500 USD) of the total award at the beginning of the research period, Twenty-five percent (25%) (minimum $750 USD) upon acceptance of the progress report, and twenty-five percent (25%) (minimum $750 USD) upon acceptance of the final article for Aperture.