The 2023 Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies Grants Program

The 2023 BICS grant program, “The Challenge,” will fund research into contact and communication with post-mortem or discarnate consciousness (also known as “the Afterlife,” or the “Other Side”) leading to the reception of higher order information of value to humankind (“wisdom acquisition”) with the allocation of a grand total of up to $1 million in grants.

The 2021 BICS Essay Contest Honorable Mentions

Even after the first fourteen essays had been identified and selected by the judges, there remained a significant number of high-quality essays that the judges continued to champion. At that stage, it was decided to create an Honorable Mentions category for another fifteen essays that were so good that the judges wished to recognize the hard work and scholarship that they demonstrated.

Robert Bigelow then decided that rather than just formally recognizing the group of fifteen essays by publishing them on the BICS website, in addition he made the decision to award these fifteen essays an additional tranche of prize money. He then allocated another $300,000 into the prize pot that was divided equally among the fifteen Honorable Mention essays, with each of these essays being awarded $20,000.

This generous act brought the total prize money for all twenty-nine essays to $1,800,000, arguably an unprecedented level of financial support for this field of research.

Helane Wahbeh

Arnaud Delorme, Ph.D., Dean Radin, Ph.D., Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR


Advancing the Evidence for Survival of Consciousness [PDF]

Peter Fenwick

Peter Fenwick, M.D., Pier-Francesco Moretti, Ph.D., Ph.D., Vasileios Basios, Ph.D., Martin Redfern


To Be And Not To Be, This is The Answer: Consciousness Survives [PDF]

Chris Roe

Chris A. Roe, Ph.D., Callum E. Cooper, Ph.D., David Lorimer, M.A, & Evelyn Elsaesser


A Critical Evaluation of the Best Evidence for the Survival of Human Consciousness after Permanent Bodily Death [PDF]

Prize Money
Honorable Mentions