Innovation Fund

The MindHandHeart Innovation Fund seeks to leverage the enthusiasm and problem-solving skills of the MIT community to find new and inventive ways of increasing awareness about mental health, building communities of support, and promoting life and wellness skills. The Fund offers grants of up to $10,000 to invest in cutting-edge ideas and grassroots solutions developed right here by our faculty, students, and staff.

How to Apply (FAQ):

When is the next application deadline?

The March 2017 application cycle for the Innovation Fund is now closed. The next application cycle will be in October 2017. The Innovation Fund application opens twice each academic year, once in October and once in March. 

When will March 2017 Innovation Fund awards be announced?

Awardees for the March 2017 cycle will be announced toward the end of April 2017.

Who can apply?

The MindHandHeart Innovation Fund is open to all students, staff, and faculty part of the MIT community.

What types of activities might be funded?

The MindHandHeart Innovation Fund was created in the spirit of service to the MIT community. It will support new innovative projects, presentations, activities, events, or campaigns that promote mental health and well-being at MIT. Applications will be reviewed by the MindHandHeart Working Groups, representatives from the UA and GSC, the MindHandHeart Chairs and Initiative Sponsors.

How do I apply?

When the application cycle opens, simply answer the application questions and provide an itemized budget. Click the log-in text in the side-bar to start your application. You can save it and edit it multiple times before submitting.

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Where can I learn more about existing services and resources on campus?

If you'd like to see how your idea might complement existing campus programs or services, or just to learn more about what else is available, please visit

Is it possible to give to the MindHandHeart Innovation Fund?  

Absolutely, many members of our community have expressed interest in making such a contribution. Click here to be redirected to the Fund page.

Still have more questions?

Review the slide deck from one of our info sessions, review a mock application put together by our graduate community fellow, or contact us at

MindHandHeart Innovation Fund