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 skills— all of which have been shown by the Jed Campus Program to enhance student wellbeing and reduce risk on college campuses. 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.
Beginning April 1, 2020, MindHandHeart is launching a virtual edition of the Innovation Fund in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis through May 31, 2020.
We are supporting projects that create and support MIT's online communities during this challenging time of social isolation and quarantining. We will also consider projects that create and support face-to-face communities, but we must ask that they not take place until it is safe to do so. (At this point, it is impossible for us to provide a timeline for when we can fund on-campus activities.)
Examples of Innovation Fund projects include:
- MIT Connect, a digital platform connecting like-minded members of the MIT community for lunch.
- You Belong @ MIT, a Teaching and Learning Lab initiative fostering academic belonging in the classroom and academic departments.
- Portraits of Resilience, a book capturing the stories of MIT students and faculty who have overcome adversity.
- Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week, a week bringing the MIT community together through spontaneous acts of generosity.
- Puppy Lab, a student-led initiative bringing friendly canine company to campus.
- OpenMind::OpenArt, an art workshop and gallery drawing attention to mental health and wellness at MIT.
- Notice and Respond, a training to help faculty, staff, and students recognize and respond to mental health concerns.
- Motivate and Move, a series of programs to help graduate students develop healthy work and self-care skills in combination with physical exercise.
- Failures in Graduate School, an event series where faculty share personal stories of overcoming failure.
- Sunshine Makes Us Happy, colorful Adirondack chairs placed in MIT’s Eastman Court.
- Indoor Lawn, a surprise indoor lawn that appeared in the Student Center to calm and entertain