UK Research and Innovation has announced the launch of the first tranche of competitions in the £98m Healthy Ageing Programme funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The first two competitions that will go live are for Investment Accelerator (opening for applications from 19 August – 6 November) and the Research Director (opening for applications from mid-August – 15 October).

Investment Accelerator

  • The Investment Accelerator scheme will stimulate private investment in business-led research and development, to grow and bring to market ideas for healthy ageing products and services that have potential to be adopted on a wide scale.
  • A total of £29m in government grants together with matched funding from private investors will be available over the next four years for projects up to £1.5m.
  • KTN is running a briefing event on 10 September in London for investors interested in applying for this.  Click here to express interest in attending.

Research Director

  • Research Director – the competition for this position opens this summer.
  • The role is to provide leadership of the upcoming Social, Behavioural and Design Research Programme and ensure that insight from research makes a difference across the ISCF Healthy Ageing Challenge as a whole.

Trailblazer Projects

  • ‘Trailblazer’ projects, the programme’s largest element (£40m), will stimulate new ideas from a wide range of businesses and social enterprises to develop and deliver products, services and business models at a large scale to support people as they age.
  • These funding grants will open in the autumn.

Find out more about the Healthy Ageing Programme by clicking here.

(Source: KTN)