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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Mind and Life 1440 Award

Varela award, open to anyone.  Young investigators preferred.

1440 Awards

Now accepting online applications

Through a partnership with the 1440 Foundation, the Mind & Life Institute is pleased to announce the Mind and Life 1440 Awards, specifically geared toward the investigation of real-world (as opposed to lab-based) outcomes of contemplative practice. These awards are intended to promote research that evaluates whether and how contemplative practice can promote inner well-being and healthy relationships, as well as the development of new methods to assess these outcomes in everyday life. To date, the research on contemplative practice has focused largely on exploring the effects of meditation on the body and mind in a laboratory setting. The 1440 Awards are offered to advance the field into real-world investigations of contemplative techniques and practices in social and relational settings. Grants of up to $15,000* will be awarded through a competitive application, review, and selection process. In line with Mind and Life’s interdisciplinary approach, this grant program encourages the active collaboration of scientists with contemplative scholars/practitioners in all phases of research. By enabling high-level research in the area of social and relational outcomes of contemplative practice, the 1440 Awards aim to expand the applications and impact of contemplative practices in the world.
*Increases to $25,000 are possible under select circumstances. See the full RFP for more details.
For any questions about this award, please email

            Who Can Apply?
The 1440 Awards are open to any academic researchers, although we seek to specifically promote the careers and development of young investigators such as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
            Application Deadlines

The application period runs from January 5, 2015 – February 2, 2015. The online application form will be available on January 5.

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