NIGMS recently reissued the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for Early Stage Investigators (PAR-20-117). The first application due date is October 2, 2020.
NIGMS hosted a pre-application webinar to discuss this FOA and to answer questions about the program on Thursday, August 6, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET. NIGMS plans to archive the webinar and post it on the MIRA webpage after the event.
Previous successful applications:
Several MIDAS members have received MIRA awards, including Caroline Buckee, Trevor Bedford, Nicholas Reich, and Erin Mordecai. Drs. Buckee, Mordecai, and Reich are willing to share their applications with people working on their own application. Contact them directly via email.
It is helpful to communicate with a NIGMS Program Officer early in the application process to discuss your scientific project. MIDAS researchers can contact Dr. Veerasamy “Ravi” Ravichandran. Email: Veerasamy.firstname.lastname@example.org
MIRA provides support for the research in an investigator’s laboratory that falls within the mission of NIGMS. The goal of MIRA is to increase the efficiency of NIGMS funding by providing investigators with greater stability and flexibility, thereby enhancing scientific productivity and the chances for important breakthroughs. For the purposes of MIRA FOAs, a research program is defined as a collection of scientific projects in an investigator’s lab that are related to the mission of NIGMS. The Early Stage Investigator (ESI)-MIRA program does not require preliminary data, which should enable investigators to apply earlier in their independent careers and move into research areas that are distinct from those of prior mentors.
Established investigators can apply for MIRA funding under the FOA PAR-19-367.