Novel methods and approaches for sensing, evaluating, modulating and regulating mood and emotional states.

This year’s grant theme covers various research aspects relating to characterization and identification of emotional states and mood alterations in humans.


Submissions are being evaluated on if they provide novel solutions for at least one of the following objectives:

  • Regulation of emotional states: Identify and characterize emotional states; understand the mechanisms underlying emotion regulation; research of positive affect and processes that support and enhance formation of positive habits.
  • Non-invasive methods to manage and improve emotional states and mood- may include, but not limited to sensory/bodily influences on such regulation; neuromodulation techniques, enhancement of brain plasticity.
  • Non-invasive, real-time sensing techniques, continuous monitoring and non-invasive evaluation of emotional states. May include, but not limited to:
  1. Study of parameters from various anatomic structures (such as skin, face, muscles or eyes);
  2. Continuous sensing of hormones and neurotransmitters; measurements of surrogate markers of emotional states in humans
  3. Behavioral and social data as surrogate markers for emotional state
  • Multiparametric big data approaches for understanding, monitoring and predicting vulnerability to dysregulated emotional states or unstable mood –may include, but not limited to setting new physiological parameters, applying machine learning and artificial intelligence: making new sense out of existing data sets (such as heart rate, GSR, EOG, EMG, oximetry, EEG)
  1. What is the process of proposal submission?
    – You will submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a brief description of the proposed research and a short summary about you and why you/ your group should execute the proposed study. (PhD students and post-doc fellows will include a letter of support from their supervisors). Researchers with approved LOI will be invited to submit a full proposal.


  1. Should I research the market prior to submission?
    – This is very much recommended – the proposed research is expected to be innovative. You are expected to relate specifically to the innovative aspect of the proposed study and its expected impact on the field.


  1. How many proposals may be submitted per researcher?
    – The number of submitted proposals per PI/researcher is unlimited.


  1. Will you consider funding basic-research projects?
    – Yes, we welcome basic research proposals as long as the future application of the research is clearly stated.


  1. What may be considered an interdisciplinary collaboration?

– Joy wishes to encourage collaborations either with industry entities and/or between different scientific institutes. A collaborative research of two different scientific disciplines in the same institute is also highly favorable.


  1. May the research include collaborations abroad?
    – Yes. As long as most (more than 70%) of the research will be conducted in Israel. You must clearly state which part of the study will be performed in Israel, and which part elsewhere.  


  1. How many researchers/PIs may co-submit a proposal?
    – We welcome more than one submission per researcher/PI.


  1. Who can serve as PI for the proposed research?
    – PhD candidates and above may serve as the PI, as long as they have a hosting lab.


  1. Could the main researcher’s level (e.g PhD student or a post-doctorate fellow) affect the chances of receiving the grant?
    – No. The research will be evaluated based on the published scoring scheme, and will be judged for their novelty, impact, research quality, feasibility and collaborative effort.  


  1. Who is eligible for salaries funded by the grant?
    – Proposal budget may include salaries to researchers who are not full faculty members.


  1. Should the proposed research include an applicative outcome?
    – Researchers are not expected to offer specific applications to their research or to commercialize it.
    If a product idea does exist, please add as an appendix to the proposal.


  1. Will I need to provide additional details during the review process?
    – Joy may use post-submission correspondence with researchers, to better understand proposals, if needed.


  1. What scientific research method is preferred? 
    – Biomarkers, quantitative or other objective measures are preferred. 


  1. May the research be conducted on animal models?
    – Research on humans is preferable, though both acceptable.


  1. Research on humans – what of subject compensation?
    – Subject compensation may be included in research budget.


  1. Should I add an introductory page (As appears in Appendix A in the call) for each of the researchers that take part in the proposal?
    Such a document is required only for one researcher. Similar information of all other researchers could be provided in any other format.


  1. What is the meaning of “scientific approach” that is mentioned in CFP paragraph 5 and Appendix B?
    – In this section, one should elaborate on the research methodologies and evaluation techniques.


  1. Should I stick to the order of the sections as appears in CFP paragraph 5 Appendix B?
    – Yes, you should stick to the required proposal structure.


  1. Is the 2-min video a must?
    – A 2-min video (or a slide show with narrations) are optional.  However, they can serve you better during the review process. Hebrew or English are both acceptable.


  1. What do I do if I have additional questions that are not answered here?

– You are invited to participate in the Q&A session on January 22nd. In addition, you are most welcome to write an email with your questions to


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