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McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, Funding Programs and Information Sessions

When Feb 11, 2019
from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where Mills Library Connection Room L113
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MIRA 2019 Funding Information Session

Monday, February 11/2019, 9:00-10:00am, Mills Library Connection Room L113

MIRA Researchers and trainees are invited to attend the above MIRA funding information session to learn more about MIRA’s 2019 funding opportunities. A brief presentation will be followed by a Q & A period.



MIRA Graduate Student Travel Awards

Deadlines to apply: March 1 & September 6
Funding available: Up to 10 awards of $500

Graduate students travelling to collect data or to present research at an academic conference are eligible for up to $500 in travel funding from MIRA. For more details, click here; Download the application form here.

MIRA Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (USRF)  

Deadline to apply: March 9
Funding available: Up to 10 awards of $1,000

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for MIRA’s Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program (USRF), which will support up to 10 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. For more information, click here; Download the application form here.

MIRA Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline to apply: May 1
Funding available: Up to three awards of $50,000; requires supervisor match of at least $10,000 for 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 themes: 1) impact of exercise on mobility; 2) interrelationship between psychological function and social function; 3) causes and consequences of multimorbidity, frailty, and polypharmacy; 4) role of caregiving, equity, economics and transportation in optimal aging; 5) understanding the biological mechanisms of diseases of aging; 6) evaluating approaches to knowledge translation to improve optimal aging; and, 7) 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 more information, click here; Download the application form here.


Labarge Graduate Scholarships in Mobility in Aging

Deadline to apply: May 15
Funding available: One award each of $15,000 (Master’s) and $18,000 (PhD)

Students beginning a new graduate degree are eligible to apply for the Labarge Graduate Scholarship. The student’s research focus must be related to aging and mobility, and requires both a MIRA supervisor and a mentor from a Faculty outside of the supervisor’s. For more information, click here.


AGE-WELL/MIRA Co-Funded Trainee Awards

Information Session: March 29, 9 – 10 a.m., MDCL 3504

Anticipated deadline: May 31

Available funding: Master’s level $15,000, PhD level $18,000, Postdoctoral $50,000

MIRA and AGE-WELL have partnered to co-fund awards for trainees who are working to drive innovation and create technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. Projects must fit within AGE-WELL’s vision to harness and build upon the potential of emerging and advanced technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), e-health, information communication technologies (ICTS), and mobile technologies to stimulate technological, social, and policy innovation. Funding period is September 2019 - March 2020. To be eligible for this funding, McMaster applicants must notify MIRA research coordinator Audrey Patocs ( of their intent to be considered for the award. More information.




AGE-WELL/MIRA Co-Funded Strategic Investment Program (SIP) Funding

Deadline to apply: March 1
Funding available: Up to $40,000 over 12 months

Do you have an innovative idea that has the potential for real-world impact at the intersection of technology and aging? AGE-WELL’s SIP Accelerator funding program supports innovative post-discovery projects focused on the commercialization and/or knowledge mobilization of solutions to real-world problems (e.g. technologies, services or policies) aligned with AGE-WELL's mission and vision. The program will also provide strategic mentorship and training opportunities from the AGE-WELL network and its partners in addition to financial support. McMaster applicants should apply directly to the AGE-WELL 2019 SIP and notify Audrey Patocs at of intent to apply. More information


Catalyst Grants: MIRA & Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging

Deadline: April 30
Funding available: ​$40,000 over one year; six grants available (one per McMaster Faculty)

MIRA/Labarge Catalyst grants offer the opportunity to conduct collaborative and interdisciplinary research focused on mobility in aging, where mobility may include physiological, social, and financial mobility, as well as mobility within community or health systems. These grants are intended to stimulate new collaborations and allow researchers to collect preliminary data, conduct feasibility or pilot studies, or scaling of interventions. The ultimate goal of this funding is to support future proposals for full-scale studies. Each Faculty, through the Associate Dean (Research), is asked to nominate one proposal to be funded by MIRA.  Submissions should include researchers from at least three different McMaster Faculties as meaningful contributors to the project. These grants require matching funds of at least $5000 (up to $2500 may be in-kind contributions) from alternate sources to support the project. For more details, click here;
Download the application form here.


Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging: Call for Proposals

2019 application deadlines: February 25, June 3, and September 23

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 Audrey Patocs by emailing her at prior to applying 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. More information


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.





Audrey Patocs, BSc. MSc.

Research Coordinator

McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA)

The Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging

175 Longwood Rd. S. Suite 109 A

Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1


T:  905-525-9140 ext. 22877| mobile: 905-818-9161