For over a decade, the Mind & Life Institute has been committed to funding rigorous research across a range of disciplines to investigate the nature of the human mind, as well as the psychological, physiological, behavioral, and social impact of contemplative practices. Through our research funding, we aim to cultivate the field of contemplative sciences—both through the knowledge gained and the advancement of our scholars’ careers.

We offer a number of mechanisms to provide support to researchers and scholars. Please refer to the information for each of our programs to determine eligibility and topical relevance of your work.
Varela Grants | PEACE Grants | Think Tanks

Please note that Mind & Life does not accept unsolicited proposals.

Our grantees include some of the most prominent scholars in the field, as well as promising young investigators. To date, we are pleased to have awarded $3.5 million to over 200 projects in cognitive science, psychology, medicine, anthropology, religious studies, and education. As a result of Mind & Life funding, more than 180 scholarly articles and books have been published, and our grantees have gone on to compete successfully for over $62 million in follow-on grant funding from other sources.
In the spirit of peer review, rigor, and fairness, we rely on external review committees to ensure the success of our research funding programs. These committees are comprised of established and talented scholars in the contemplative research community, representing a wide range of disciplinary and methodological expertise. Working with Mind & Life leadership and support staff, review committee members evaluate, rank, and select the projects we fund each year. To establish consistency of evaluation and familiarity with the specific goals of our programs, we convene standing review committees for each program, whose members serve a three-year term. See our current standing reviewers here.

We fully support and endorse open data sharing, transparency, and independent replication as core values of science. As such, the Mind & Life Institute is a signatory of the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines, practices that we encourage in all our funded research.

Mind & Life Grant Programs

Mind & Life Legacy Grant Programs