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McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) Interdisciplinary Fellowship Grant

Research Admin Offices:

  • HRS

Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Grant


One grant of $50,000 (for one year salary), plus $3,000 for research expenses.


  • Health Sciences



Internal Deadline:

November 15, 2022

Sponsor Deadline:

November 15, 2022

Additional Dates:

  • HRS Internal Deadline - November 1, 2022


The MIRA Interdisciplinary Fellowship Grant invites teams of researchers to propose a project that will attract a highly qualified postdoctoral fellow who will conduct collaborative and interdisciplinary research focused on aging. The fellowships are valued at $50,000 salary for one year, plus $3,000 for research expenses. Interdisciplinary research teams are invited to submit proposals for research that will promote new research collaborations in aging. The primary applicant will act as the recruited fellow’s primary supervisor.

The interdisciplinary proposal must include at least two co-applicants from McMaster Faculties outside of the primary applicant’s Faculty, who will act as mentors to the fellow and research collaborators. Applicant teams may also include knowledge users or mentors from industry, the public sector, non-profit or community, health care, or others whose perspective will enrich the prospective fellow’s research experience and the project’s impact.

Successful applicants will be awarded funds to hire one postdoctoral fellow to support the proposed project. Teams will have one year after award notification to recruit an appropriate fellow. MIRA can assist with recruiting a Fellow by sharing the posting across its communications platforms and with partners. Full call and application form.


  • Applicant teams must include one proposed principal applicant, who will act as the fellow’s primary supervisor and two co-applicants, who will act as the fellow’s mentors and as project collaborators. This team must represent three different McMaster Faculties, and each faculty member must act as meaningful contributors to the project.
  • External academic and non-academic participants, and participation from additional McMaster departments/Faculties beyond the stated minimum are welcome.
  • Meaningful contribution may include: providing insight at the project outset, helping to contextualize the problem or solution, providing technical expertise, knowledge translation and implementation strategy, and academic end-user roles.
  • The submission should outline the role of each researcher/mentor in the project, and how the integration of the distinct disciplines offers a unique and sustainable approach to study the research question.

Application/Nomination Process:

Application packages must be submitted directly to Application packages will include:

  • MIRA Interdisciplinary Fellowship Grant application form
  • Research proposal (three-page maximum, see requirements below)
  • Letter(s) of support from knowledge user(s) (optional)
  • Brief CV (maximum three pages) for principal applicant and all co-applicants
  • MIRA will strike an interdisciplinary review panel to evaluate proposals based on quality, feasibility and impact of the proposed research, the value of the interdisciplinary approach, the academic excellence of the applicant team, and the alignment with MIRA’s goals and mandate
    • If a suitable proposal is not identified based on the feedback of the review committee, the fellowship grant will not be offered.