Through a partnership with the 1440 Foundation, the Mind & Life Institute is pleased to offer the Mind and Life 1440 Awards, specifically geared towards the investigation of social and relational 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 in a variety of settings, with a particular interest in evaluating the application of contemplative practices in educational contexts (K-12 preferred). 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.

For any questions about this award, please email 1440Awards@mindandlife.org

View the full RFP for Mind and Life’s 1440 Award

1440 Awards Recipients

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.
The application period runs from January 4, 2016 – February 5, 2016. The online application form will be available on January 4. Awards will be announced mid-May 2016.
Are these awards open for international applicants?
Yes. Mind and Life Awards are not limited to residents of the United States. We encourage worldwide applications.

Would I be eligible if my work is based in the public sector, rather than a university?
Applicants need to be affiliated with a research institution (such as a university), especially in order to obtain IRB approval. Clinicians or others not affiliated with such an institution should partner with an eligible applicant who can provide access to research resources.

What is included under “contemplative practices”?
The term “contemplative practice” is meant in a broad sense to include a wide range of diverse phenomena such as meditation, yoga, contemplative prayer, prostration, tai chi, etc.

Can I submit two applications for different aspects of the same project?
We do not accept two separate grant proposals for the same project.

I’m currently a research assistant. Do I need to be enrolled in graduate school to be eligible?
In general, yes. Mind and Life’s Award programs were established to support investigators who would be able to use the funds to generate research that would then fairly quickly motivate grant proposals by the investigator to larger funding agencies (which require postdoc or faculty positions). You may, however, consider applying once you have notice of admission to a graduate program, even though you have not yet matriculated at the time of application.

Can I submit a proposal if I’m a current awardee?
While it is possible to be funded more than once through a given grants program, applicants must not be currently funded through any MLI mechanism. For example, if you have been granted a Varela Award in the past, you must submit a final report and reconcile the budget for that grant before applying for another Varela Award, or a 1440 award.

What is included under “research costs”?
Research costs can include participant payment, fMRI scans, equipment costs, etc. When funds are used to pay outside individuals (not project PIs or collaborators), they could cover such costs as consultants for statistical analysis; meditation teachers; dedicated lab support, such as a research assistants; or services, including participant scheduling, data entry, transcription, etc. Please clearly explain all such costs in the budget. Grant funds may not be used for salaries or remuneration for the PI(s) or project collaborators.

What about indirect costs?
Grant funds may not be used to cover indirect costs. If a grant is awarded, the grantee’s institution must agree to waive all overhead and administrative fees, and further agree that the funds will be used solely for research purposes conducted by the grantee.

My proposal is part of a larger project that already has funding. How should I reflect this in the budget?
If you have additional funding sources for your project, please include this information clearly in your budget along with sources of funding. Be specific about how the Mind and Life award will be used within the larger budget.

What information is included in the word limit of the proposal?
The length of the written proposal for both the Varela and 1440 Awards is a maximum of 1,200 words. References or appendices are not included in this word count. Such items should be attached to the end of the proposal such that the proposal and all supplemental materials are combined in one document.

Is there a page limit for the CV?
There is no page limit for the CV. NIH biosketch style is preferred (a personal statement can be included).

Can I apply with a coinvestigator?
More than one person may apply for a single grant; in this case, they are considered co-PIs. All applicants much meet all eligibility criteria for the given award. If one applicant does not meet criteria, that person can be listed as a collaborator but would not receive funds.

If more than one person is applying for a grant (as co-PIs), each person each must fill in a separate application form with their CV and two letters of recommendation. However, they would attach the same joint proposal and budget, labeling them with both last names. Please also clarify the particular situation in a cover letter attached to the proposal.

Can I upload Word or Excel files?
All application materials, including budget, must be in .pdf form. Please contact sunanda@mindandlife.org if this presents a problem.

Who receives the grant money?
Grant funds will be sent to the grantee’s institution. Grants cannot be given directly to an individual.

Do I need IRB approval?
Yes. Payment of the award will not be made until confirmation of IRB approval has been received. IRB approval must be in place within six months of the date of notification of the receipt of the grant.

What if I need more than two years to complete the project?
The length of the grant is two years from the date of the notification of grant acceptance. If more time is required, an application for extension must be submitted to Mind and Life. It will then be sent for approval to the Senior Scientific Officer.

1440 Change in Status Form (Word) (PDF)
1440 Progress/Final Report Form (Word) (PDF)