Healthy Ageing Trailblazers Fund

The number of people in the UK aged over 75 will rise from 1 in 12 today to 1 in 7 by 2040. A third of children born today can expect to live to 100. This rising life expectancy poses a significant challenge for health services. It is also an opportunity for businesses to develop new products and services that will help us all to lead healthy and active lives in older age.

The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Healthy Ageing Challenge is a £98 million investment to support businesses and researchers to develop these new products and services. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £2 million from the fund to invest in stage 1 of the Healthy Ageing Trailblazers competition. Businesses and public sector organisations are being encouraged to show how products, services and business models that support people as they age could be scaled up. Up to £38 million could be available in a second phase to support the development of the best ideas in a series of large projects.

It will fund projects across 7 themes of the Healthy Ageing Challenge Framework drawn up by the Centre for Ageing Better:

  • sustaining physical activity
  • maintaining health at work
  • designing for age-friendly homes
  • managing common complaints of ageing
  • living well with cognitive impairment
  • supporting social connections
  • creating healthy and active places

There is a focus on the first 3 themes and on exploiting benefits across all the themes. Projects that address healthy ageing challenges outside the themes will also be considered.

For more information and how to apply please visit www.gov.uk

Deadline for applications: midday 27 November 2019