The Mind & Life Institute
The Mind & Life Institute offers a grant program to fund research on novel interdisciplinary approaches for investigating and nurturing wholesome mental qualities related to Prosociality, Empathy, Altruism, Compassion, and Ethics (PEACE). The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit organization committed to building a scientific understanding of the mind and human behavior as a way to reduce suffering and promote flourishing. This funding mechanism supports research projects that advance the fund's understanding of the mechanisms, implementation, and outcomes of contemplative strategies to promote wholesome mental qualities and positive social action. In addition, the foundation encourages the development of measures to rigorously assess these qualities and behaviors in real-world contexts.
The Varela Grants are an integral component of Mind & Life’s support of contemplative sciences—a growing field that aims to investigate contemplative practices through research in diverse disciplines ranging from basic and clinical sciences to social sciences and the humanities.
APPLICATION PERIOD: AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 25, 2019
Funding decisions announced in December
the PEACE Grants — supporting research on novel interdisciplinary approaches for investigating and nurturing wholesome mental qualities related to Prosociality, Empathy, Altruism, Compassion, and Ethics (PEACE). With this mechanism, Mind & Life will fund projects that advance our understanding of the mechanisms, implementation and outcomes of contemplative strategies to promote well-being and prosocial behavior in individuals and communities.
APPLICATION PERIOD: FEBRUARY 4 – MARCH 6, 2019
Full Proposals (by invitation only) due August 1, 2019
Funding decisions announced in November
Mind & Life Think Tanks are intimate, two- to three-day self-organized gatherings designed to advance a particular project or problem within the contemplative sciences. These incubator-type meetings bring together small groups of collaborators including scientists, scholars, humanitarian leaders and changemakers, contemplative practitioners, educators, and applied professionals. Strong proposals will demonstrate relevance to the Mind & Life mission, engage leaders and changemakers, have social and ethical relevance, and include diverse perspectives (ethnic, racial, gender, geographical, disciplinary, etc.). International applicants are encouraged to apply.
Grants of up to $15,000 (USD) are awarded annually through a competitive application and selection process; these funds support travel, accommodations and general organization of Think Tanks. The proposed work should be completed within a 2-year period, and progress reports are required for grantees to remain in good standing. The next application deadline is May 29, 2019, and grantees are notified at the end of August.