AGE-WELL seeking RFPs from researchers working on tech and aging

AGE-WELL, which was launched by the federally-funded Networks of Excellence (NCE), wants to earmark $16 million for a program identifying technology-based solutions that will support healthy aging.

Researchers based at Canadian institutions are eligible to apply for funding through AGE-WELL’s Core Research Program 2020 to 2025, which the organization is working to renew. Successful core research projects will be included as part of AGE-WELL’s renewal application for funding through those five years, and if renewed, AGE-WELL will provide over $16 million for projects.

Successful applications from this RFP will receive a Catalyst grant of up to $30,000 with a one-year term (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020).

Established in 2015, AGE-WELL’s network includes more than 200 researchers from 40 universities and research centres across Canada, and over 250 industry, government, and nonprofit partners. The goal is for researchers to develop technology like smart-home sensors, health monitoring systems, remote therapies, and assistive robots. Twelve AGE-WELL-supported startups are currently commercializing or selling products.

“We are inviting Canadian researchers to submit proposals for innovative research that will have real-world benefits for older adults and caregivers. Our new Core Research Program 2020-2025 will build on the strong foundation that AGE-WELL has created and shape the future of technology and aging research in Canada,” said Dr. Alex Mihailidis, AGE-WELL’s scientific co-director and CEO.

AGE-WELL will also collaborate with Network partners, including Mitacs and MEDTEQ, to provide additional funding as part of the RFP. Additional partners and collaborators may join this funding initiative over the coming months.

“A challenge, as we define it, is an important but difficult and complex problem area that demands innovation and real-world solutions,” said Dr. Mihailidis. “It is not just about problems. It may be about social and economic opportunities and making a positive contribution to Canadian society, government policy and the economy.”

More information can be found here.