Through a partnership with the 1440 Foundation, the Mind & Life Institute is pleased to offer the Mind & Life 1440 Grants for Contemplative Education Research, specifically geared towards the investigation of social, relational, and academic outcomes of contemplative practice in K-12 educational settings. These grants are intended to promote research that evaluates the effectiveness of mindfulness, compassion, or other contemplative interventions in K-12 classrooms, with a focus on evaluating inner well-being and healthy relationships for students and teachers. Strong proposals will use rigorous study designs and also evaluate academic performance and standard school outcomes. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded through a competitive application, review, and selection process. In line with Mind & Life’s interdisciplinary approach, this grant program encourages the active collaboration of scientists with contemplative scholars/practitioners in all phases of research.

View the full Request for Proposals (RFP) 

Mind & Life 1440 Grant Recipients

For any questions about this grant, please email Answers to many of your questions can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

The Mind & Life 1440 Grants are open to any academic researchers who are pursuing or have obtained a terminal research degree, although we seek to specifically promote the careers and development of young investigators such as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
The next application cycle opens January 3, 2018. All application materials (including letters of recommendation) must be submitted via the online portal by the deadline of 11:59 PM Eastern Time on February 9, 2018.
Are these grants open for international applicants?
Yes. Mind & Life Grants are not limited to residents of the United States. We encourage worldwide applications.

Would I be eligible if I am based in a K-12 setting as opposed to university?
Applicants need to be academic researchers affiliated with a research institution (such as a university), especially in order to obtain IRB approval and to transfer funds. Educators 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” in educational settings usually implies mindfulness or compassion meditation, or yoga. Other practices may be studied, and should be described in detail in the application.

Can I submit two applications for different projects, or different aspects of the same project?
We do not accept two separate grant proposals from the same applicant, or from different applicants for two aspects of the same project.

Can I submit a proposal if I’m a current grantee?
While it is possible to be funded more than once, applicants must not be currently funded through any Mind & Life research grant. If you have been awarded a Mind & Life research grant in the past, you must submit a final report and reconcile the budget for that grant before applying for a new grant. This policy applies both within and across our research grant programs.

What is included under “research costs”?
Research costs can include participant payment, experimental costs (e.g., MRI scans, lab equipment and supplies), project-related services, required training for the PI, travel necessary for research/field work, open access publishing costs, etc. Grant funds may not be used for salaries or remuneration for the PI(s) or project collaborators. When funds are used to pay outside individuals, they can cover: 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 section of the application form. Grant funds may not be used for conferences where findings will be presented after the project is complete.

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?
The budget you submit should cover the use of funds from this grant only. If you have additional funding sources for your project, please include this information in the relevant application section following the budget. Be specific about how the Mind & Life 1440 Grant will be used within the larger budget.

Is there a page limit for the CV?
Please limit CVs or biosketches to 3 pages. NIH biosketch style is preferred (a personal statement can be included).

Can I apply with a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)?
Yes, up to two people total can be listed as PIs on a single grant—this should be indicated in the Project Information section of the application. All applicants must meet all eligibility criteria for the given grant. If one applicant does not meet criteria, that person can be listed as a collaborator but would not receive funds. In the case of Co-PIs, one of the applicants must fill out a single application form for the whole project, and upload relevant biosketches and letters of recommendation for both Co-PIs.

Can I upload Word or Excel files?
All application materials must be in PDF form. Please contact 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 grant 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. (Canadian or European Ethical Review Board approval is also acceptable.)

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 & Life. It will then be sent for approval to the Science Director.