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

For research activities occurring during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, students are responsible for ensuring that any in-person activities occur within the parameters that have been established by McMaster University. A list of full resources is available here

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. ​


Current trainee funding opportunities

MIRA GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

Fall deadline: September 15, 2021, 4:00 p.m. ET
Spring deadline: March 15, 2022, 4:00 p.m.
Funding available: Up to 10 awards per round of up to $250

Graduate Student Professional Development Awards are for students working with MIRA researchers who are planning 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. Students are asked to advise MIRA by email to mirafund@mcmaster.ca of cancellations or changes related to MIRA-supported professional development activities.  

For more details, click here
Download the application form here 


Past trainee funding opportunities

MIRA UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

Application deadline: March 19, 2021, 4 p.m. ET
Funding available: Up to 12 awards of $1,000

Undergraduate students, in collaboration with MIRA faculty members, are invited to submit research proposals for the 2021 MIRA Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship program. The supervisor must commit to supporting the student for the remaining costs of the full-time fellowship for the duration of the award (May – August), through the supervisor’s own funds, additional awards secured by the student, or a combination of both.  Students must be full- or part-time and registered for courses in the fall semester of 2021. 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 funded project.

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


MIRA Part-Time Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships (PT-USRF)

Application deadline: April 26, 2021, 12 p.m. ET
Funding available: Up to eight awards of $500

Undergraduate students, in collaboration with MIRA member supervisors, are invited to submit research proposals for part-time research projects. Applications should indicate the number of hours that will be dedicated to the project, and the additional support that will be provided by the supervisor toward the student’s salary or stipend. There is no minimum number of hours or supervisory contribution; applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Students must be registered for full- or part-time courses in the fall semester of 2021. External candidates who have a MIRA supervisor may be given consideration; however, McMaster candidates will be given priority.

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


MIRA & LABARGE POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

Application deadline EXTENDED: May 14, 2021, 4 p.m. ET
Funding available: Up to seven awards of $50,000 plus $3000 for expenses 

The Labarge Mobility Postdoctoral Fellowship supports applicants whose research focuses on aging and mobility. The MIRA Postdoctoral Fellowshipsupport applicants focusing on aging in one or more of MIRA's identified priority research areas (see call for proposals for details). 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. The supervisor must commit at least $10,000 for the Fellow’s benefits.

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


AGE-WELL/MIRA CO-FUNDED TRAINEE AWARDS

Anticipated launch date: April 30, 2021
Deadline for MIRA internal review (OPTIONAL): May 7, 2021
Deadline to submit to AGE-WELL: May 31, 2021
Funding available: Master’s level: $15,000; Ph.D. level: $20,000; Postdoctoral level: $50,000

MIRA and AGE-WELL are partnering to co-fund trainees who are working to createimplement and evaluate technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. Applications must be made through the AGE-WELL portal; all applications to this trainee funding program will be administered by AGE-WELL.

McMaster applicants who wish to be considered for the AGE-WELL/MIRA co-funded awards must indicate so 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 priorities; special consideration may be given to those that address mobility in aging. Interested applicants may direct inquiries to training@agewell-nce.ca.

MIRA Trainees may submit a draft application to mirafund@mcmaster.ca by May 7 for preliminary review with “AGE-WELL MIRA draft application” in the subject. MIRA will aim to return comments within two weeks or less.

Applicants are encouraged to view the AGE-WELL MIRA Funding Webinar to learn more about the opportunity.


MIRA & LABARGE SCHOLARSHIPS IN AGING RESEARCH

Deadline to apply: ​​May 14, 2021, 4 p.m. ET
Funding available:
Master's Level Award $15,000
PhD Level Award $18,000

The MIRA & Labarge Scholarship program offers awards at the Master's and PhD level in two streams: the Labarge Mobility Scholarship supports applicants whose research on aging focuses on mobility in aging, and the MIRA Scholarship in Aging Research supporting applicants investigating one or more of MIRA's identified priority research areas (see call for details). The Master's scholarships are open to students beginning a new McMaster graduate degree in the 2021/22 school year. The PhD scholarships are open to students entering years 1 or 2 of a PhD program at McMaster. Interested candidates must submit a research proposal in collaboration with a MIRA supervisor and a McMaster mentor from outside of the primary supervisor's Faculty.

For more information, click here
Download the application form


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

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