Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Getting Funded

The Mindfulness Science and Practice Cluster at Washington University in St. Louis, funded by the Incubator for Transdisciplinary Futures, is offering small grants of up to $5,000 to support mindfulness research in a wide range of disciplines.

We are especially interested in projects that are transdisciplinary and take a scholarly and creative approach mindfulness and research.

These grants will be reviewed on a rolling basis and awarded until the funds are exhausted.

Small grants are intended to encourage the Wash U research community to initiate and develop mindfulness-related projects that might not otherwise be eligible for funding. Funds can be used to support typical resource needs such as:

  • Data collection
  • Research assistance
  • Editing or publication costs
  • Travel for conference presentations reporting on mindfulness-related scholarship or research

Requests for funding levels above the $5,000 may also be available to support broader-scale research projects and career development. Please contact us at if you have an idea.

Note that we have a variety of tools, equipment, and expertise that may help assist with your work. We encourage you to look at our profiles (link to people page) and email us at to begin a conversation about your ideas.


Funding Eligibility

New Wash U investigators as well as more established faculty are eligible to apply for grants under this program. Undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs and fellows are also eligible and encouraged to apply, but need to have a faculty sponsor. If you do not already have a sponsor in mind, please contact the Cluster Executive Committee listed below to inquire about sponsorship. Eligibility is limited to one small grant per year as principal investigator.

Funded Projects

Browse through our projects that have already received funding

read about our funded projects

How to Apply for Funding

Phase 1: Written Proposal

There are three parts to the written proposal: 

  1. Research description 
  2. How the project supports the mission of the Mindfulness Cluster 
  3. Budget

Research Description

No longer than 500 words. It should include the following:

  • Nature of the scholarly activity: e.g., experimental research, artistic work, manuscript preparation
  • Description of the resources needed: e.g., participant payments, statistical software license or airfare
  • Event or location where the resource will be needed: e.g. a conference or research site
  • Timing of the resource need: e.g., to secure a professional editor in the spring term
  • Anticipated outcomes: e.g., the dissemination of research, completion of final monograph draft

How the Project Supports the Mindfulness Cluster Mission

No longer than 250 words.

Indicates how the project supports and advances the mission of the Mindfulness Cluster:

For example: Our mission is to be of service and benefit to the St. Louis community and surrounding region through Mindfulness. We hope to accomplish this by raising awareness and visibility around the topic of mindfulness, and by promoting and engaging in evidence-based mindfulness research, practice, teaching and service that is rooted in the principles of equity, compassion and cultural humility.


The proposal should also include a brief itemized budget. The budget may include support for items such as:

  • Data entry
  • Data acquisition
  • Interviews
  • Access to restricted-use data
  • Creative materials
  • Travel costs related to data collection, meetings with collaborators or conference presentations
  • Creative materials
  • Other reasonable costs specific to the project

Funds cannot be used to pay for computer equipment when that computing can reasonably be accomplished with the existing equipment on campus.

Note that grantees will be required to provide an expense report upon completion of the project. Reimbursement for travel will be after the trip upon submission of receipts.

Unspent funding at the end of the grant period will revert to the Small Grant pool unless a request for a time extension is submitted and leadership approves the request.

Phase II: Presentation

Applicants who submit successful written proposals will be asked to give a brief oral presentation of approximately 10 minutes at a scheduled meeting of the Mindfulness Cluster Research Subcommittee to provide an overview of the proposed work.

IRB Review

All small grant proposals that are approved for funding and involve the use of human subjects (e.g., payment or stipends to research participants) must obtain appropriate human subjects approval through the University’s Institutional Review Board before funds are disbursed.

Grant Submission, Notification, and Award Period

Proposal submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis; however, there are a finite number of these awards for each academic year. Applications will be accepted until funds are expended.

Awards will be announced within two weeks of submission. Project funds must be used within one year. Requests for extensions will be granted only for extraordinary circumstances.

Monitoring and Grantee Obligations

The Cluster Research Subcommittee will monitor progress on Small Grants quarterly. Grantees will be required to provide an expense report upon completion of the project.

Grantees will make a final presentation about their progress and share any products, proposals and/or scholarly works submitted or awarded as an outcome of this grant. This report is due within one month after the end date of the grant period.

Potential grant products and scholarly works include the following:

  • Publications
  • Grant proposals
  • Recordings
  • Installations or exhibits
  • Documentation of conferences, symposia, or residencies
  • Scholarly awards or honors

All products generated with the support of our Small Grant will acknowledge the program using the following statement: “This work has been funded by the Arts & Sciences Incubator for Transdisciplinary Futures Cluster on Mindfulness Science and Practice at Washington University in St. Louis through their Small Grant program, but the views remain those of the author(s).”