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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 ​

MIRA & Labarge Scholarship program

Deadline to apply: ​July 1 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST
Funding available: Up to four scholarships will be awarded, one Master's and one PhD in each stream and valued at $15,000 (Master's) and $18,000 (Ph.D.) for one year

The MIRA & Labarge Scholarship program offers awards at the Master's and Ph.D. level in two distinct streams. The Labarge Mobility Scholarship supports applicants whose research on aging includes a focus on mobility. The MIRA Scholarship in Aging Research (new in 2020) for applicants with a more general focus on aging in one or more of MIRA's identified research areas of focus (see call for proposals for eligibility and application requirements). The scholarships are open to Master's students entering their first year of study and PhD students entering year one or two of their study in the 2020/2021 school year. Interested candidates must develop and submit a research proposal in collaboration with a MIRA supervisor and an interdisciplinary mentor from a McMaster Faculty outside of the primary supervisor's. MIRA requires confirmation that the supervisor and/or program will commit to matching the minimum level of support for the recipient for the duration of the graduate degree. 

For more information, click here
Download the application form here

MIRA Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline to apply: July 15 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST
Funding available: Up to three awards of $50,000; requires supervisor match of at least $10,000 for fellow’s benefits

Prospective post-doctoral Fellows are invited to submit a research plan that focuses on interdisciplinary, impact-driven approaches in the study of optimal aging through one or more of the following research areas: 1) The impact of exercise on mobility; 2) The interrelationship between psychological function and social function; 3) Causes and consequences of multimorbidity, frailty, and polypharmacy; 4) The role of caregiving, equity, economics and transportation in optimal aging; 5) The understanding of the biological mechanisms of diseases of aging; 6) Evaluating approaches to knowledge translation to improve optimal aging; and, 7) The use of technology to promote optimal aging and aging in place. The applicant and principal supervisor are expected to involve at least two other researchers from two different McMaster Faculties (outside of the principal supervisor’s Faculty) as mentors in the development of an interdisciplinary research plan.

For eligibility criteria, click here
For more information about the call, click here
Download the application form

MIRA Graduate Student Travel Awards

Spring deadline: PENDING (see above statement)
Fall deadline: September 15, 2020

Funding available: Up to 10 awards of $500

Graduate students travelling to an academic conference to present an accepted abstract in aging research, to collect data or conduct research related to aging, or to attend a training program are eligible for up to $500 in travel funding from MIRA. Travel awards are tenable for up to one year after the application deadline, and successful applicants must submit expenses following their approved travel to be reimbursed for the value of the award. *COVID19 Update* Successful applicants whose travel is impacted by COVID19 may submit an amendment to apply their MIRA Graduate Student Travel Award to later travel (e.g. postponed or equivalent conferences). Students are asked to advise MIRA, by email to, of cancellations or changes related to MIRA-supported travel.

For more details, click here
Download the application form

Past opportunities

MIRA Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

​NEW Deadline to apply: ​April 30, 2020 
Funding available: Up to 12 awards of $1,000

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for MIRA’s Summer Fellowship Program (USRF), which will support up to 12 summer research positions supervised by MIRA faculty members. Students must approach faculty members and jointly develop a research proposal with a focus on aging for submission to MIRA. MIRA appreciates that proposed research and timelines may need to be modified depending on how the COVID-19 situation progresses, and will aim to be flexible in considerations in order to continue to support students’ research experience. Trainees submitting proposals to work with MIRA-funded researchers or projects must include details on how their proposed work will complement the funded project.

For more information, click here
Download the application form here

Questions about ​any of these funding opportunities may be submitted to ​ 

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