Applications for the 2023 cycle open February 1

Research on contemplation offers a rich opportunity for understanding the mind and its capacity for change, and programs delivering contemplative training in various settings have expanded globally. Our knowledge of cognitive, physiological, and clinical effects of these practices has grown steadily, in large part due to the ongoing efforts of the Mind & Life Institute and our community of scholars. Expanding from awareness-based contemplative practices to the cultivation of virtuous, prosocial qualities and actions is clearly warranted to support not only individual well-being but also interpersonal well-being, societal flourishing, and human-earth connection. 

To this end, Mind & Life is pleased to lead the development of this field through our PEACE Grants. This funding mechanism supports projects that advance our understanding of wholesome mental qualities and positive interpersonal and social action related to Prosociality, Empathy, Altruism, Compassion, and Ethics (PEACE). Mind & Life PEACE grants will fund projects that advance our understanding of the mechanisms, implementation, and outcomes of contemplative approaches to promote well-being and prosocial behavior in individuals and communities. This grant program encourages the active collaboration of scientists with contemplative scholars/practitioners in all phases of research. Two levels of funding are offered—$25,000 and $100,000—for projects that can be completed in a two-year time frame.

Please read the full Request for Letters of Intent for more information.

For any questions about the PEACE Grants, please see the FAQ, or email

Samuel B. Hanser Visionary Grant

Since 2020, one of the awarded PEACE grants ($25,000) is designated as the Samuel B. Hanser Visionary Grant, given to honor the life of Samuel B. Hanser, to support the development of innovative research that makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the effects and mechanisms of contemplative practices on body, mind, and spirit.

The 2022 Samuel B. Hanser Visionary Grant was awarded to Paul Condon for the project “Recovering the relational roots of compassion training: Supporting sustainable and inclusive care”.

Congratulations to our
2022 PEACE Grant Recipients

2022 PEACE Grants Review Committee

Rui Afonso

Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein


Shelley Aikman

University of North Georgia

Grantee, Reviewer

Lisa Flook, PhD

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Convening Faculty, Grantee, Reviewer

Tyralynn Frazier, PhD, MPH

Emory University

Grantee, Reviewer

Brooke D. Lavelle, PhD

Courage of Care Coalition

Convening Faculty, Grantee, Reviewer

Sharon Lambert

The George Washington University

Grantee, Reviewer

Jennifer Mascaro, PhD

Science & Grants Consultant, Mind & Life Institute; Emory University

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee, Reviewer

Matthias Mehl, PhD

University of Arizona


Thaddeus Pace

The University of Arizona


Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD

Greater Good Science Center, University of California–Berkeley


Christine Wilson-Mendenhall, PhD

Northeastern University