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MIRA Funding Opportunities


McMaster University has been closely monitoring information coming from government and public health agencies and their advice on intensifying need to strengthen measures to “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to protect the health and lives of Canadians. As a result, the University now requires that all McMaster research that requires people to be in laboratories or in any group setting be closed down by Tuesday March 24 at 5 p.m.

What does this mean for you as a MIRA researcher? Can you continue your research?

If your research can be conducted by individual researchers remotely, such as online interviews, and follows all social distancing guidelines, then it can continue. If you have questions about the continuation of research, please see the University’s directives here.

Given the above directives issued by McMaster’s Vice President, Research, MIRA will be extending all deadlines for its 2020 funding opportunities. Once new deadlines have been determined, they will be announced via email and posted ​here. Researchers and trainees who are interested in MIRA’s 2020 funding opportunities ​are encouraged to continue to work on developing research proposals and application materials and to apply when the funding opportunities are relaunched.

Currently funded MIRA and Labarge research projects will be granted a six-month, no cost extension, as needed. Researchers needing longer extensions should reach out to

Research grants

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) provides funding to support interdisciplinary research on aging led by McMaster researchers from across all six McMaster Faculties. Within MIRA, the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) supports research focused on understanding and improving mobility in aging, which encompasses physical, community and social mobility. Applicants are encouraged to incorporate end-users, including older adults, care providers, and other stakeholders into their research. See a sample of funded projects below: 

Click here for research grants and funding opportunities

MIRA trainee funding

MIRA and LCMA also provides funding and support to McMaster trainees in aging research. This includes undergraduates, Master's students, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows. In addition to funding, MIRA supports trainees through the MIRA Trainee Network. Trainees submitting proposals to work with MIRA-funded researchers or projects must include details on how their proposed work will complement the funded project. Additional funding for trainees may be available through co-funded awards with our partners. See a sample of funded projects below:

Click here for trainee funding opportunities

Partner Co-Funded Awards

Through our partners, MIRA and the LCMA is pleased to offer co-funded awards that support research in aging that meets both our objectives and that of the funding partner. Prospective applicants should ensure the proposed research addresses the priorities of both funding partners. Unless otherwise specified, applicants should apply directly to the funding partner. 

There are currently no co-funded awards available. When we have live co-funded awards, they will appear here. 

External funding opportunities

Click here to view funding opportunities outside of MIRA that may be relevant to your research in aging.
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