Mental Illness Research Association: Funding for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Mental Illness Research Association (MIRA) prioritizes funding for research programs associated with 12 specific mental illnesses and neuropathic illnesses. The foundation also supports projects that combat prejudices surrounding mental illness.

IP TAKE: MIRA accepts unsolicited research grant applications for several illnesses, so would-be grantees can expect stiff competition. Grant seekers should demonstrate how their projects will improve the quality of life for those suffering from mental illness, a matter of great importance for MIRA.

PROFILE: Based in southeastern Michigan, the Mental Illness Research Association prioritizes research into mental illnesses and other brain disorders. It seeks to “improve the lives of people with brain disorders by presenting student, teacher, and counselor education programs which lead to increased treatment and decreased stigma; and by supporting service and research communities focused on improved treatment and cures.” It also supports projects and programs to combat stigma and myths surrounding mental illness that “block proper diagnosis and treatment for millions of Americans each year.”

MIRA prioritizes grantmaking for research projects associated with 12 specific illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Note that the association also addresses conditions not strictly considered mental illnesses, such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. As with other funders, MIRA's funding priorities are subject to change, so grant seekers should keep an eye on its website.

The association awards grants for both basic science and clinical research in its areas of interest. Grants go up to $30,000 and are awarded for up to one year, though MIRA does give extensions. To learn more about the types of projects that receive MIRA support, grant seekers should take a look at its past grants.

MIRA accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year. Researchers need not be nominated by their organizations to receive MIRA funding.

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