Mindful Trust Research Awards

The Mindful Trust Research Awards were aimed at early career researchers who have the potential to become future research leaders. The awards were intended to support such researchers to conduct a piece of original high quality work in the field of mindfulness by providing funding for direct research costs.

Following a donation from a generous benefactor, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre was able to host the Mindful Trust Research Awards scheme for the first time in 2015.

This scheme offered small grant funding to early career mindfulness researchers through a competitive application and review process with a total value of £50,000.  We received 23 applications and were extremely impressed by the high quality of the applicants and their proposed research. Following peer review and independent rating of each application, three projects received unanimous positive reviews and were selected for funding.

These were;

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for people with comorbid dementia and depression: feasibility study in a primary care setting. Dr Elisa Aguirre, North East London Foundation Trust, Research and Development Department and University College London, UK.

The role of meditation practice in mindful emotion regulation. Assistant Professor Norman Farb, University of Toronto, Canada.

The effect of mindfulness training on immune dysregulation and pro-inflammatory states in the context of chronic stress. Dr Julieta Galante, University of Cambridge.