Healthy ageing

An overview of government’s challenge to industry and research to support our ageing population and allow older people to remain independent and active.


Healthy ageing

What is the healthy ageing challenge?

The number of people over 75 in the UK will rise from one in 12 today, to one in every 7 by 2040. We’re also living for longer, with a third of children born now expected to live to 100.

This presents a challenge to health services – as well as an opportunity for those who are able to create new products and services to allow people to stay active and productive as they age.

Through the healthy ageing challenge, government will bring together UK businesses and researchers to help people to live in their homes for longer, tackle loneliness, and increase independence and wellbeing.

What’s the investment?

Up to 98 million will be invested in research and innovation that supports people as they age and their carers.

What are the funding opportunities?

There will be opportunities for UK-based researchers and businesses.

The challenge will fund:

A research programme

A programme of research into behavioural science and design for an ageing population.

Collaborative research and development

We will fund collaborative research and development projects for early-stage innovations that focus on digital healthcare and older adults.

Demonstrator projects

The fund will create 3 demonstrator projects to trial how innovations can work in real life, develop and scale-up new products and services.

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