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MIRA announces new funding opportunities with focus on cross-Faculty collaboration in aging and mobility

Published: February 23, 2017

The Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are pleased to announce new funding opportunities that will help foster research development in the area of mobility in aging.

The goal of this initiative is to stimulate cross-Faculty collaboration in the area of mobility, a term which is defined broadly and may include physiological, social, structural and community elements affecting the mobility of older adults.

“These programs align with MIRA’s strategy to drive growth and excellence in aging research,” said Parminder Raina, Scientific Director for MIRA and LCMIA. “Through generous contributions provided by McMaster’s chancellor Suzanne Labarge, we are able to extend this support to our researchers in a meaningful way.”

The Centre is now inviting Associate Deans (Research) in each of McMaster’s six Faculties to identify research proposals for the following new funding initiatives:

  • Exploration grants to support research in mobility and aging. These exploration grants include Planning Grants of up to $2,500 to be used to explore and establish new, cross-Faculty partnerships; and Catalyst Grants of up to $40,000 to conduct feasibility or pilot studies that build upon existing cross-Faculty partnerships. Submission deadline: May 15, 2017.

In addition to this research funding, MIRA and LCMIA have created graduate scholarships to support the recruitment of students in the field of aging. These include:

  • Labarge Mobility Scholarships to be awarded to a graduate student working in the field of aging on the topic of mobility. The value of each award is $15,000 for a Master’s student and $18,000 for a PhD student, both entering the first year of study. Submission deadline: May 15, 2017.

MIRA was created with the intent to stimulate and facilitate interdisciplinary research in aging, as well as to develop innovative educational programs for students within academic and clinical realms.

The Institute’s approach is to conduct research in cross-Faculty teams and engage the older adult community, their families, healthcare providers and other key stakeholders through every stage of the research process, from design to evaluation and implementation of interventions and technologies.

Please visit MIRAs Funding Opportunities page for further details about these and other opportunities. 


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