Heartfulness Research Institute was established to inspire, empower and collaborate with researchers to facilitate a scientific approach to the advancement and understanding of meditation and consciousness for the well-being of humanity.

Heartfulness research explores methods, tools and indicators to measure the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual benefits of incorporating Heartfulness practices into everyday life.

Research Grants

Areas of research include, but are not limited to, studies investigating behavioral, physiological, metabolic, epigenetic and neurobiological responses to the practice of Heartfulness meditation, through cross-sectional and longitudinal studies on Heartfulness practitioners compared with appropriate control subjects.

We encourage applications from researchers in other contemplative practices who are interested in applying their expertise to studying Heartfulness meditation.


Applicants must hold a PhD, MD or equivalent degree and have an official affiliation with a college, university, institute, medical school or other research facility.

Application Requirements

The application should include

  • Biosketches/CVs of the principal investigator and collaborators
  • Research project description – including specific aims and hypotheses to be tested
  • Experimental design, method of analysis of the data, and the significance and potential impact of the study
  • Preliminary data, if available, including data related to other meditation practices
  • Resources available, budget and justification
Review Process

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Criteria for evaluation include significance, relevance and impact of the proposed study; applicant’s research experience; and appropriateness of budget.

All administrative overhead must be kept to a minimum and not to exceed 8% of the total budget of the grant request.

Study Participation

If you would like to be a participant in an upcoming Heartfulness Research Institute study, please contact us and one of our team members will get in touch with you.