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Healthy ageing challenge - designed for ageing

Health & Life Sciences
General & Misc
Project Size:
£500,000 - £2 million


The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)Healthy Ageing Challenge, will work with Innovate UK, to invest up to£14.4million in innovation projects.


These will be to deliver a clear game-changing service-led innovation to help people as they age, positively, actively, independently and with dignity.


The aims of this competition are to:

·       address the under-provision of products and services which support people as they age to remain active, independent and socially connected

·       support business-led, near-to-market innovations that have potential to scale

·       enforce good people-centred design principles

·       encourage applications from businesses across the UK, by working with devolved government administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland



Your project must:

·       have total eligible costs between £500,000 and £2million

·       start by 1May 2022

·       end by 30April 2024

·       last between 6 months and 24 months

·       carry out all of its project work in the UK

·       intend to exploit the results from or in the UK


To lead a project or work alone your organisation must be a UK registered business of any size. Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.


A business can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in a further 2 applications.


Your project must focus on one or more of the following service-led innovations that:

·       enables self-care and new models of care for independent living

·       encourages sustaining physical activity for people aged 50 and over, including for instance, active travel

·       improves mental health

·       addresses the ‘common complaints’ of ageing, for example, incontinence, pain, mobility, hearing and eyesight


Your project must:

·       deliver a clear game-changing service-led innovation, that has a significant impact on ageing positively in the UK

·       help people as they age, allowing them to remain active, productive, independent and socially connected for as long as possible

·       narrow the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest

·       conduct industrial research to develop new and applied knowledge leading to a solution at high technology and market readiness


Your proposal must:

·       be delivered as a 6 months to two-year, business-led project, with a strong emphasis on people-centred design, as tested by the design stage gate review, and an ambition to scale

·       identify a solution that must be sufficiently well-defined to be shaped by the initial six-month design stage gate review


The design stage gate review will be informed by your first six months’ people-centred design activity. This must be backed up by a revised commercialisation plan. You must be available at this six-month point for the review, along with your revised business and commercialisation plans.

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