Mental Illness Research Association: Funding for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Mental Illness Research Association (MIRA) focuses its funding on research programs associated with 12 specific mental illnesses and neuropathic illnesses. The foundation also supports projects combating predjudices that surrounds mental illness.

IP TAKE: MIRA accepts unsolicited research grant applications for several illnesses, so would-be grantees can expect stiff competition. Grantseekers 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 seeks to “find cures for mental illnesses and other brain disorders through funding brain research.” But MIRA doesn’t stop there—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 focuses its grantmaking on 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. Of course, like the funding priorities of many foundations, MIRA's are subject to change, so grantseekers 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 it does give extensions. To learn more about the types of projects receiving MIRA support, 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.

PEOPLE: 

  • John Williamson, President
  • Henry Chugani, Director of Research
  • Diane Chugani, Director of Research

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