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We are pleased to announce the MIRASpring Funding Cycle, a consolidated series of funding calls designed to support researchers in aligning research goals & maximizing collaboration.


MIRA Graduate Student Professional Development Awards 

Deadline: September 15, 2023, 4:00 p.m. ET 
Funding available: Up to 10 awards of up to $500 

Graduate Student Professional Development Awards are for students working with MIRA researchers to present their work at an academic conference (virtual or in-person), attend a training program (virtual or in-person), complete an online course at a different institution or participate in research activities in another location. Professional development awards are tenable for up to one year after the application deadline. MIRA will also accept ​submissions for professional development activities that occurred up to three months prior to the application deadline. Students are asked to advise MIRA by email ( of cancellations or changes related to MIRA-supported professional development activities.  

To apply, see the MIRA GSPDA application form


MIRA & Labarge Postdoctoral Fellowships 

Application deadline: May 17, 2023 
Funding available: Up to four fellowships of $100,000 over two years, plus $6,000 for research expenses  

MIRA and the LCMA invite highly qualified postdoctoral researchers to apply to the MIRA & Labarge Postdoctoral Fellowship competition. Applicants may apply to one or both streams; the MIRA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research support interdisciplinary, impact-driven approaches to the study of optimal aging, and the Labarge Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mobility in Aging supports research focusing understanding, maintaining and restoring mobility in aging. The research projects supported by these fellowships should aim to develop the capacity of future leaders in aging research and generate evidence that contributes to the well-being of older adults. 

Up to three MIRA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research and one Labarge Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mobility in Aging are available. Each fellowship is valued at $100,000 ($50,000 salary for two years), plus a $6,000 allowance for research expenses and professional development. It is expected that the supervisor will provide the funding required to cover the fellow’s benefits in accordance with McMaster’s benefit rates.  

The applicant and principal supervisor are expected to involve at least two other researchers from two different Faculties (outside of the principal supervisor’s Faculty) as mentors in the development of an interdisciplinary research plan. The proposal should clearly indicate how the supervisor and two mentors will contribute to the development and execution of the interdisciplinary project and how this interdisciplinary approach will bring value to the study. Applications will be evaluated based on alignment with MIRA’s mandate; quality, novelty and academic merit of the research proposal; incorporation of stakeholders or end-users and the strength and leadership capacity of the candidate (see evaluation rubric). 

To apply, see the MIRA & Labarge Postdoctoral Fellowships call for proposals and application form.  

AGE-WELL/MIRA Co-funded trainee awards

Deadline for MIRA internal review (OPTIONAL): April 28, 2023
Deadline to submit to AGE-WELL: mid-May 2023 
AGE-WELL awards: $10,000 master’s; $15,000 PhD; $20,000 postdoctoral (over one year)
AGE-WELL/MIRA awards: $15,000 master’s; $20,000 PhD; $50,000 postdoctoral (over one year) 

MIRA is partnering with AGE-WELL to co-fund selected McMaster trainees who apply to AGE-WELL’s 2023 trainee funding program, which funds trainees working to create, implement and evaluate technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers.  

To apply, candidates must submit applications through the AGE-WELL portal which will be administered and adjudicated by AGE-WELL. All applicants will be considered for AGE-WELL awards; McMaster applicants may indicate their wish to be considered for enhanced funding through the AGE-WELL/MIRA co-funded awards by ticking the appropriate box in the AGE-WELL application portal. MIRA will consider co-funding trainees whose applications are aligned with MIRA’s research approach. Special consideration may be given to those that address mobility in aging. Interested applicants may direct inquiries to

AGE-WELL will be hosting an application info session for both AGE-WELL and EPIC-AT awards/fellowships on March 28 at 12 p.m. ET.

Register here to attend.

MIRA Trainees may submit a draft application for preliminary review by emailing with “AGE-WELL MIRA draft application” in the subject (applicants need not wait until the AGE-WELL portal opens to begin their draft application). MIRA will aim to return comments within two weeks or less.

Applicants are encouraged to view the 2022 MIRA/AGE-WELL trainee funding webinar to learn more about the opportunity. 

MIRA/AGE-WELL co-funded EPIC-AT fellowships

Launch Date: April 3
Application Deadline: May 12, 2023
Funding Available: $16,000 for all trainee levels

EPIC-AT Fellowships will support trainees exploring digital health solutions for older adults with complex health needs, and provide experience in transdisciplinary working, stakeholder engagement and co-creation, the research-policy dynamic and the innovation and implementation process. More information and a full call will be provided.

To apply, see the AGE-WELL portal.

AGE-WELL will be hosting an application info session for both AGE-WELL and EPIC-AT awards/fellowships on March 28 at 12 p.m. ET.

Register here to attend.

MIRA Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships (USRF) 

Application deadline: April 7, 2023, 4 p.m. ET 
Funding available: Six awards (one per Faculty) of $2,000 

Undergraduate students, in collaboration with MIRA faculty members, are invited to submit research proposals for the 2023 MIRA Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship program. Student projects may be full- or part-time over the course of summer 2023. The supervisor may support the fellowship through in-kind or cash support that will enhance the student’s training experience and students may hold additional funding while holding a MIRA USRF. To be eligible, students must be registered for courses in the fall semester of 2023. External candidates who have a MIRA supervisor may be given consideration, however, McMaster candidates will be given priority. Trainees submitting proposals to work with MIRA-funded researchers or projects must include details on how their proposed work will complement the existing MIRA-funded project. 

To apply, see the MIRA USRF application form

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

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