Government body UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is planning to launch a series of competitions later this year that will deliver the Healthy Ageing Challenge.
The purpose of the challenge is to enable the development of products and services which maintain people’s independence as they age.
Through the programme, the government will bring together UK businesses and researchers to support people to stay in their homes for longer, tackle loneliness, and increase independence and wellbeing.
As previously announced, UKRI will invest up to £98 million into the challenge and the biggest innovators will have the opportunity to win funding through national competitions.
The body is now seeking input from interested parties to inform the development of these competitions.
It wants to understand the current level of interest in the challenge and the time needed for successful delivery.
Responses will be used to shape the design of the programme and the portfolio of competitions.
Interested parties must complete this survey by March 27.
In the coming years there will be a number of opportunities for UK-based researchers and businesses.
This includes a set of catalyst awards – developed in collaboration with the National Academy of Medicine in the United States – to engage global innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs in research partnerships that span healthy ageing.
These awards will help innovators begin executing their ideas for innovation and research towards a healthy, ageing society.
UKRI will publish more information on the range of funding and partnership opportunities as they become available, from the middle of 2019 onwards.