1440 Awards for Real-World Contemplative Research

Through a partnership with the 1440 Foundation, the Mind & Life Institute is pleased to announce the Mind and Life 1440 Awards, specifically geared towards the investigation of real-world (as opposed to lab-based) outcomes of contemplative practice. These awards are intended to promote research that evaluates whether and how contemplative practice can promote inner well-being and healthy relationships, as well as the development of new methods to assess these outcomes in everyday life. To date, the research on contemplative practice has focused largely on exploring the effects of meditation on the body and mind in a laboratory setting. The 1440 Awards are offered to advance the field into real-world investigations of contemplative techniques and practices in social and relational settings. Grants of up to $15,000* will be awarded through a competitive application, review and selection process. In line with Mind and Life’s interdisciplinary approach, this grant program encourages the active collaboration of scientists with contemplative scholars/practitioners in all phases of research. By enabling high-level research in the area of social and relational outcomes of contemplative practice, the 1440 Awards aim to expand the applications and impact of contemplative practices in the world. *Increases to $25,000 are possible under select circumstances. See the full RFP for more details.

Eligibility

The 1440 Awards are open to any academic researchers, although we seek to specifically promote the careers and development of young investigators such as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Request for Proposals

View the 1440 Awards RFP here 

Download the 2014 RFP as a PDF

Frequently Asked Questions

View our Awards FAQ here

Applications

The current application period is now over (December 20, 2013 – January 20, 2014). Please contact 1440Awards@mindandlife.org with questions.

Past Awardees

Click here for a list of our previous 1440 Awardees.