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Message from the Director

The UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute seeks to advance scientific research into kindness and the barriers to it, and to share this knowledge through courses for UCLA students, and through information shared with the public. To maximize the scientific contributions made by the UCLA BKI community of investigators, we exclusively support research through grants to UCLA faculty, and through fellowships to enrolled UCLA graduate students. Although we recognize that many worthwhile efforts to advance kindness exist beyond UCLA, and although we are heartened by such efforts, we do not provide funding to other individuals or organizations.

Members of the UCLA BKI community of scholars conduct translational research, seeking to discover how to apply basic research results to real-world situations and problems. In doing so, they partner with entities and organizations outside of UCLA. Generally, these relationships are established directly by the UCLA investigator, but we are happy to hear from organizations willing to host translational research at their sites.

— Daniel M.T. Fessler, Director