Varela Grant Recipients
Neuroscientist, philosopher, and Mind and Life co-founder Francisco Varela (1946-2001) believed that contemplative training offered modern science novel methods for investigating the depth of human experience. In his vision, contemplative training such as meditation not only provided a new domain for scientific study, but also offered resources for advancing scientific models of consciousness, emotion, and cognitive processing.
Named in his honor, The Francisco J. Varela Grants for Contemplative Research are grants of up to $15,000 awarded annually to research scientists who have attended the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute. These grants fund scientific and scholarly examinations of contemplative techniques, with the ultimate goal that findings will provide greater insight into the mechanisms of contemplative practice and its application for reducing human suffering.
2016 Varela Grant Recipients:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Is mindfulness only for the fortunate? The development and dissemination of a brief home-based mindfulness intervention to low-income couples
Navigating the end of life among Tibetans in exile: A transnational ethnographic study
Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School, Dept. of Psychiatry
How does self-compassion influence pain and self-related functioning in patients with chronic pain? A pilot RCT trial combining fMRI and experience sampling
The University at Buffalo
An action phase model of compassion: Predictors and effects of helping goal commitment
University of Utah
The impact of a mindfulness-based intervention on opioid misuse during pregnancy: A mixed methods pilot RCT
Investigating the impact of yoga on brain aging: A randomized controlled trial
Staying present: Developing an empirically guided mindfulness-based intervention for transdiagnostic dissociation