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**PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT RELATED TO COVID-19**

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 mirainfo@mcmaster.ca. ​


Labarge Catalyst Grants

MIRA deadline: Pending (see above statement)
Funding available: Up to six awards of $40,000 (one per Faculty); minimum matching contribution of $5,000 (up to $2,500 may be in kind) is required

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) invites proposals for Labarge Catalyst Grants, which offer the opportunity to conduct collaborative and interdisciplinary research focused on mobility in aging. Mobility is broadly defined to include physical, social and community aspects; proposals may consider intrinsic and extrinsic barriers to mobility, execution of daily activities, and participation in society. Catalyst grants are intended to stimulate new collaborations and allow researchers to collect preliminary data to support future proposals for full-scale studies, conduct feasibility/pilot studies or scaling of interventions.

MIRA will work with McMaster’s Associate Deans, Research (ADRs) to identify one proposal in each Faculty for Labarge Catalyst Grant support. Prior to beginning their application, researchers are advised to consult with their Faculty’s Office of the Associate Dean, Research, to determine their proposed project’s alignment with Faculty research priorities, to seek out mechanisms for Faculty-level support, and ensure internal deadlines or submission processes are met.

For more details, click here
Download the application form


Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA): call for proposals

2020 application deadlines: ​​​October 7, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST
Funding available: MIRA can support access fees ($3,000) for up to 10 CLSA data applications

MIRA members are eligible for support in accessing CLSA data, a national database tracking 50,000 Canadians aged 45 to 85 over a period of 20 years. Data access applications are accepted three times per year. Researchers should notify ​MIRA at mirafund@mcmaster.ca prior to applying for CLSA data access to be considered for funding. MIRA funds will be allocated only to projects that do not have any other funding for this purpose.


MIRA/LCMA matching funding for external, competitive funding calls

Deadline: ​Rolling
Funding available: Matching funds up to $100,000

In order to improve the positioning of McMaster’s researchers in external funding competitions, MIRA and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging have allocated funding that may be used to match or leverage external funds. This process is intended to be used for requests related to externally funded, peer-reviewed grant competitions that require a matching component.

For more details, click here


Past funding opportunities (Research grants)

Labarge ​COVID-19 Grants

MIRA deadline: May 15, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST
Funding available: Up to three awards of $25,000

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) invites proposals for COVID-19 Grants, which offer the opportunity to conduct collaborative and interdisciplinary research focused on mobility in aging within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic. People with underlying health conditions or older adults are twice as likely to experience negative outcomes. Social isolation can be challenging for older adults, and there is a concern that older adults are also more likely to experience negative outcomes related to the physical distancing guidelines recommended for preventing community spread of COVID-19. 

Mobility is broadly defined to include physical, social and community aspects; proposals may consider intrinsic and extrinsic barriers to mobility, execution of daily activities, and participation in society. Factors such as intrinsic and extrinsic barriers to mobility, as well as visible and invisible impairments, are important considerations.

As a result of new directives outlined by McMaster’s Vice-President, Research (VPR) on March 17 and March 20, many Faculties have implemented processes to ensure both new and continuing research is compliant with the VPR’s new directives. Researchers are advised to consult with their Faculty’s Office of the Associate Dean, Research (ADR), before submitting applications.

For more details, click here
Download the application form


Questions about ​any of these funding opportunities may be submitted to MIRAfund@mcmaster.ca

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging: Call for Proposals

​Deadline to apply: Rolling
Funding available: MIRA funding can support access fees ($3,000) for up to 10 applications for CLSA data access; ​MIRA membership is required to be eligible. 

Did you know that 47% of CLSA participants use social media daily to connect with family? This is only one example of the type of information held within the rich CLSA database. The CLSA is tracking 50,000 Canadians aged 45 to 85, making thousands of longitudinal variables available for analysis. Data access applications are accepted three times per year. Researchers should notify Laura Harrington (harrinl@mcmaster.ca) of their intent to apply for CLSA data access to be considered for MIRA funding. MIRA funds will be allocated only to projects that do not have any other funding for this purpose.

Learn more about how to apply: https://www.clsa-elcv.ca/data-access/data-access-application-process

 

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging: Call for Proposals

​Deadline to apply: Rolling
Funding available: MIRA funding can support access fees ($3,000) for up to 10 applications for CLSA data access; ​MIRA membership is required to be eligible. 

Did you know that 47% of CLSA participants use social media daily to connect with family? This is only one example of the type of information held within the rich CLSA database. The CLSA is tracking 50,000 Canadians aged 45 to 85, making thousands of longitudinal variables available for analysis. Data access applications are accepted three times per year. Researchers should notify Laura Harrington (harrinl@mcmaster.ca) of their intent to apply for CLSA data access to be considered for MIRA funding. MIRA funds will be allocated only to projects that do not have any other funding for this purpose.

Learn more about how to apply: https://www.clsa-elcv.ca/data-access/data-access-application-process

 
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