Mind & Life Institute: Inviting Letters of Intent for PEACE Grants Program


Deadline: 6 March 2019

The Mind & Life Institute, a non-profit organization, is currently inviting Letters of Intent for its PEACE Grants program to fund research on novel interdisciplinary approaches for investigating and nurturing wholesome mental qualities related to Prosociality, Empathy, Altruism, Compassion, and Ethics (PEACE).

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The Institute is committed to building a scientific understanding of the mind and human behavior as a way to reduce suffering and promote flourishing.

Grant Information

Two levels of funding are available through this program: up to $25,000 and up to $100,000 (USD). Grants will be awarded through a competitive application and selection process. Proposed research should be completed within a 2-year period, and annual progress reports are required for grantees to remain in good standing. Applications are reviewed by an external committee of experienced contemplative researchers and selected based on the following criteria:

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  • Significance and impact for the field
  • Innovation/novelty
  • Methodological approach/design
  • Quality of the investigator(s), likelihood of success and future contribution to the field
  • Strength of research environment

Eligibility Criteria

  • To be eligible, the Principal Investigator (and Co-Principal Investigator if relevant) must have completed a research doctorate (e.g., PhD, EdD) and have sufficient training, experience and institutional resources to accomplish the proposed work. Mind & Life aims to maximize the benefits of diversity, and to use diversity as a tool for enriching the field of contemplative research. They welcome applicants of all races, classes, genders, ages, religions, physical abilities, and sexual orientations.
  • Applicants may not be actively funded through any Mind & Life research grant. Current Mind & Life grantees must submit a final report and budget reconciliation for existing grants before applying for a new grant. This policy applies both within and across Mind & Life research grant programs (with the exception of Think Tanks). Note that they do not allow two separate proposals in a given cycle from the same applicant (PI or co-PI), or from different applicants for two aspects of the same project.

How to Apply

  • All applicants must submit a letter of intent to be considered for invitation to submit a full proposal.
  • The following elements will be required for the letter of intent application:
    • Funding level applicants will be seeking ($25,000 or $100,000). Grant funds may be used to cover any research-related costs; salary and/or time buy-out is permissible.
    • Project title
    • Lay abstract (150 words maximum)
    • Project description including:
    • Explanation of the overall aims of the research project (300 words maximum)
    • Brief description of the methodological approach, including population, procedures, and analysis (500 words maximum)
    • Significance and potential impact of the work, and relevance to the contemplative sciences (200 words maximum)
    • Abbreviated CVs or NIH-style biosketches of key personnel (3 pages maximum per biosketch)

NOTE: In the online portal, the applicant’s name must be the Principal Investigator on the grant—if applicants are submitting materials for another person, they must create an account in their name.

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For more information, please visit https://www.mindandlife.org/peace-grants/

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