MindCORE has dedicated funds to support initiatives and activities that build and enhance the Mind & Brain community at Penn, and foster new collaborations or education through conferences, seminars, events or other group activities on campus. MindCORE will provide up to $2500 in funding on a competitive basis. There is no application deadline, but once funds are depleted, funding is no longer available until the new fiscal year (so apply early when possible).

Some examples of the types of activities MindCORE might fund under this program include:

– A monthly foundations of cognitive science workshop/working group

– Matching funds for a conference at Penn on the Psychology of Sustainable Consumption held in association with the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues with additional funding from the University Research Fund

– A Monthly Meditation Seminar featuring a presentation on an aspect of the science of meditation followed by a guided meditation session

 Note that outreach activities have a separate fund. See here. Note also that this fund is not intended to support research expenses (participant payments, scanner time, computing resources, RA wages, etc.).

1. Applications can be submitted by any organization or University entity that meets the goals of the fund but must be co-signed by a MindCORE affiliated faculty member. Individuals may also apply; however, in most cases funding will be contingent on co-sponsorship with an official student group or other Penn entity with a budget code.

2. Events and programs occurring both on and off-campus will be considered. However, there must be a direct connection between the activity or program and the MindCORE mission and goals. MindCORE staff may be able to help with event coordination.

3. The maximum grant amount is $2500. Ongoing activities may be considered along with new initiatives. Activities where matching funds are being sought are particularly attractive.

4. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

5. All fund recipients must include the MindCORE logo or sponsorship statement on advertising. Fund recipients must also complete a post-event evaluation within 30 days of the activity’s completion, or at the end of the fiscal year for year-long initiatives.

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Tip: See also potential for support from the University Research Foundation (URF) of other support sources from the Office of the Provost:

MindCORE Activity Fund Application

4 + 10 =

Instructions for Awardees:


Please share your final event details with MindCORE prior to the event so we can publicize it. (Note, be sure publicity materials include the MindCORE logo or statement such as “Made possible in part with support from MindCORE”.)

Please submit the following evaluation within 30 days of your event, or at the end of the fiscal year for year-long activities.

MindCORE Activity Fund Evaluation

9 + 12 =

Tips for applicants:

  • Catering is expensive. Time your event to avoid catering. Host half-day events that end before or start after lunch so you do not need to feed attendees. Late afternoon events could feature only tea and fruit and cookies. That said, do not underestimate the power of pizza to draw a crowd.
  • Use free registration sites like to track attendees (and send reminders).