UKRI announces nearly £11m funding for healthy ageing research

8 Mar 2021 03:40 PM

Seven research projects designed to support the government’s healthy ageing agenda will share £10.7 million in funding provided by UK Research and Innovation.

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The projects will start in March and will run for 36 months. Over this time they will:

Delivering effective solutions

The projects will work with both people with lived experience and business and industry partners to deliver the evidence needed to develop better products and services for us all as we age.

Commenting on the announcement, research director Judith Phillips at Stirling University yesterday said:

The seven successful projects include innovative social, design and behavioural research which addresses key challenges of how we enable older people to live healthily for longer and narrow the gap in the experiences of the richest and poorest in society.

The programme also presents opportunities for business to engage with academics and those with lived experience in delivering effective solutions to support people approaching later life.

Professor, Alison Park, Interim Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council, which runs the programme on behalf of UKRI, yesterday said:

The seven projects will provide an evidence base and timely insights about internal and external environments of relevance to ageing – for example, people’s homes and workplaces, and their urban and natural settings. They will also shed light on how social and digital connectivity can support physical and mental well-being through arts and cultural participation.

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One in 12 people in the UK are over 75. By 2040, this will rise to one in seven. A third of children born now are expected to live to 100. On average, people aged 65 will live just half of the rest of their life without disability.  We want everyone to remain active, productive, independent and socially connected across generations for as long as possible and to narrow the gap between the experiences of the richest and poorest.