Applications to the 2021 cycle are now closed
Funding decisions announced in September

(Updated May 20, 2021)

Mind & Life Think Tanks are self-organized gatherings designed to foster insight and inspire action around an area of inquiry that bridges contemplation, research, and action. Small groups—of scientists, scholars, changemakers, contemplative practitioners, and applied professionals—convene to workshop a topic with well-defined outcomes and potentially high impact.

Proposals must demonstrate relevance to the mission of the Mind & Life Institute. We have a particular interest in supporting projects that examine the role of contemplative practices in the following three focus areas: personal well-being, compassionate communities, and/or human-earth connections. In this context, “contemplative practices” are defined in a broad sense—including various forms of meditation, embodied or movement-based practices, introspection and awareness of mind-body states, reflective writing, contemplative prayer, etc. Please read the Think Tank Application Information for more details, including how to apply online.

Grants of up to $15,000 (USD) will be awarded to strong proposals that cultivate collaborations between researchers and applied practitioners, embrace multi-disciplinarity, engage leaders and changemakers, and have social and ethical relevance.

** Please note: The Think Tank grants may not be used to cover indirect/overhead/administrative costs when applicants are affiliated with a university or other large institution. See the Think Tanks FAQ for more information.

For questions about this grant program, please see the Think Tanks FAQ, or contact

Think Tank Recipients: Highlights

Think Tanks

Youth4Peace Mindfulness

Mridul Upadhyay, Romeral Ortiz Quintilla, Saumya Aggarwal, Bhargavi Raman, Paula Ramírez

Topics: Interconnection | Mental Health | Mindfulness | Self & Other

2020 Think Tanks Review Committee

Lucy Draper-Clarke, PhD

University of the Witwatersrand


Kathleen Garrison, PhD

Yale University


Patricia (Tish) Jennings, MEd, PhD

University of Virginia

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee

Grant Jones

The Black Lotus Collective; Harvard University


Dominique A. Malebranche, Ph.D.

The Trauma Center

PPC Member

Anthony Zanesco, PhD

University of California–Davis