Academic Grant 2020

The Annual Joy Grant program aims to promote and contribute to the emerging field of neuro-wellness. Neuro-wellness focuses on improving or enhancing the resilience of the healthy brain towards stress, emotional imbalance and instability, and understanding their underlying mechanisms.

The support this year will primarily focus on innovative technologies and research that can potentially impact human well-being, improve regulation of emotions in personal and social context and increase mental and physical resilience under challenge.

We seek to support research efforts towards elucidating mechanisms that comprise and contribute to human wellness; generate new neuro-wellness-related knowledge through new implementations of existing data; or use state of the art scientific tools, technologies and new modalities to generate new approaches for sensing, monitoring, modulating and stimulating the human brain and body.

Themes & Topics of Interest

This year’s call for proposals will cover a wide span of technological aspects and new interventions relating to neuro-wellness. Proposals that will be considered for the 2020 grant will include early stage technologies, advanced research, or applied approaches that will eventually provide novel solutions for at least one of the following objectives (you will be asked to select one or more in the submission page) – all focusing on healthy people:

  • Novel non-invasive technologies aimed at intervention for emotion regulation or mood improvement
  • New methods for emotion sensing and characterizations
  • Sensory neuromodulation for improving emotion regulation or neuroenhancement to alter affective states in healthy individuals by non-pharmacological and non-invasive means
  • Technological means for alleviating stress or uplifting mood
  • Characterizing and understanding the neuroscience of habit formation and habitual behavior in humans
  • Technologies affecting mind-body interactions
  • Multiparametric big data approaches for understanding, monitoring and predicting moods and emotional states
  • Human-machine interactions (such as brain-computer interfaces) for improved emotional wellbeing in healthy individuals
  • Basic science of emotion regulation, resilience, homeostasis, allostasis

Tracks and selection criteria

Applications for the 2020 grant call must be assigned to one of three tracks:

Novel technology

This track covers novel technologies that are being developed or can be utilized towards one of the grant topics of interest. This track is also open to novel technologies that were developed with other applications in mind but could be repurposed to fit the Joy grant themes.


Novel intervention track

Studies that are relevant for this track are those that aim to suggest or test a novel intervention relevant to one of the listed objectives. Such interventions must:

Make use of technology, Show a specific objective effect on emotional wellbeing and, Address future application of the research

Small study
and pilot track

This track is for single year studies, intended mainly for technologies that are developed and should be piloted on healthy populations; small proof-of-concept studies with no preliminary results or other small scale studies that are relevant to the grant aims. The maximum budget for this track shall not exceed $20K


The grant will support research performed in academic education centers (universities and colleges) and medical research institutes in Israel and around the world. Collaborations between various academic disciplines, different research institutes, and/or with industry are highly encouraged.

Applied approach is encouraged

We welcome basic research proposals as long as the future application of the research is clearly stated, and the results may benefit healthy population.

We support studies on human subjects that ultimately target healthy populations as opposed …. If your research focus on animals or clinical populations talk to us first

Who can apply for the Joy grant?

  • Lab heads and principal investigators
  • Post-doctoral fellows
  • PhD candidates (with supervisor approval)

Joint interdisciplinary teams from any discipline are invited (neuroscience, psychology, life sciences, medicine, engineering, computer science, physics, humanities and others). Inter-disciplinary teams of researchers from exact/life sciences, together with researchers from social sciences and humanities are favored and strongly encouraged.

For additional information & inquiries please contact Cilla Zack:

The Joy Grant Program

Joy Ventures aims to facilitate the creation of a joint, inter-disciplinary, collaborative ecosystem between academia and industry. The goal is to implement the latest advancements in neuroscience, technology and related fields for improving the everyday human experience and emotional well-being by cultivating mental resilience, reducing mental vulnerability and allowing people to cope beneficially with difficulties and challenges of daily life. Joy’s long-term goal is to support science backed consumer products that enhance emotional wellbeing in the healthy population.

The Joy Grant Program is an annual effort to support research in the neuro-wellness field. This is the fourth year of the program. The program will provide, each year, up to US $1 million (in aggregate) funding, to proposals consistent with the program’s goals, through a competitive application, review, and selection process.

Selected proposals in the technology or novel intervention tracks will be funded with amounts of $40,000-$50,000 per annum, for two years, beginning January 2021; selected proposals in the pilot track will be funded with $20,000 for up to one year.

The grant does not support clinical studies and studies that focus on mental or physical diseases.

Titles of previously supported research, as well as Joy grantees may be found here.
For additional information & inquiries please contact Cilla Zack:

Procedure & Timetable