About the Healthy Ageing Challenge
UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Healthy Ageing Challenge aims to help people remain active, productive, independent and socially connected across generations for as long as possible. It does this by enabling businesses, including social enterprises, to develop and deliver beneficial products, services and business models that will be adopted at scale. During the five-year lifespan of the challenge, we are providing research and innovation grant funding UK wide, investing up to £98 million via diverse competitions.
Becoming a healthier nation is fundamental to growth, resilience, and to NHS and social care sustainability. A collaborative effort is needed across government, public sector, business communities and third sectors. The Healthy Ageing Challenge is playing an important part in catalysing these partnerships and enabling everyone to benefit from our ‘extra longevity’.
– The Lord Filkin CBE, All Parliamentary Group for Longevity
About the Community of Practice
The Healthy Ageing Challenge Community of Practice is a collaborative learning community with over 1,000 members, open to all those working or interested in healthy ageing. Set up predominantly for businesses, social ventures, researchers, investors and policymakers across the UK and beyond, its main aims are to convene, connect and share knowledge in order to catalyse innovation within the healthy ageing domain.
The objectives of the community are:
- To support knowledge exchange between businesses, social enterprises and academics to accelerate their journey to impact and scale.
- To act as a catalyst for future innovation in healthy ageing by championing and supporting interest and growth in the sector.
- To provide connection and collaboration opportunities between practitioners, policy makers and investors with an interest in healthy ageing.
Join our Community
Join a collaborative learning community for business, researchers, investors, policymakers and social ventures. Connect with like-minded individuals, share knowledge, and learn from others who are also striving to make a difference in the lives of older adults. Together, we can explore innovative solutions, exchange insights and best practices, and contribute to creating inclusive environments that support healthy ageing at every stage of life.
"The Community of Practice is an excellent example of an ongoing community which really does support and inform its members. I enjoy the Insights Hour, which makes me think about healthy ageing from a different perspective and the 'drop ins' are relevant to the Challenge. Best of all, I find the Monthly Newsletter so helpful - it keeps me current and aware of events and opportunities in the healthy ageing space – it is kind of like my own PA, reminding me to attend or apply for events and workshops. I recommend anyone involved in Longevity and Healthy Ageing to join the Community of Practice. It gives you all you need to know in easily digestible formats, providing relevant support whilst being respectful that everyone leads such busy lives."
— Sarah Heyworth, Founder, Local Treasures
"Being part of the Community of Practice has been a great benefit to myself and my project. The workshops have been informative, directly relevant to my project delivery and fostering the impact it can have, and also provided extra networking opportunities."
— Dr Tina Smith, Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics, University of Wolverhampton
Find out more about the 120+ projects being supported by the Healthy Ageing Challenge, representing the following seven themes:
- Creating healthy active places
- Design for age-friendly homes
- Living well with cognitive impairment
- Managing common complaints of ageing
- Maintaining health at work
- Supporting social connections
- Sustaining physical activity
You can also filter projects by region or the workstream they were funded under.
Introduction to Holly Health
In our Healthy Ageing project, it’s essential that older adults mustn’t feel left behind by advancing technology.
Community powered co-creation in self-care
The UNITY platform from Health Fabric provides a self-management experience for users in multiple languages.
The Language of Care
At Elate our product will be the digital aid for older people and carers, transforming how they access support services.
Penny’s fighting fit with FitBees
The importance of involving people with learning disabilities in the design of digital fitness products for the future.
Healthy Ageing conference 2023
Kicking off Longevity Week, this year’s Healthy Ageing conference, delivered by UKRI’s Healthy Ageing Challenge, was held both in-person and online on 13-14 November.
Global Incubator Programme: Houston, USA - Healthtech
Opens: 30/10/2023 Closes: 12/01/2024
Innovate UK Edge are seeking up to 16 innovative digital health and medical device companies for an incubation programme in Houston, USA.
Global Business Innovation Programme in Boston and New York - FemTech
Opens: 21/11/2023 Closes: 26/01/2024
Companies in the FemTech sector are invited to join a market visit to New York and Boston, including the Femtech and Consumer Innovation Summit.
Innovate UK innovation loans future economy: round 12
Opens: 09/11/2023 Closes: 10/01/2024
UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.
Related Events and Recordings
Inclusivity in Design: Embracing Accessibility Challenges
11.00 - 12.15 | Online
Register for this event
Healthy Ageing 2023
09.00 - 18.00 | London/Online
Recording coming soon
Accessing Investment: a webinar for innovators in health and healthy ageing
10.00 - 11.30 | Online
- 6 December 2023 – Innovation Pitch Zone at Healthy Ageing 2023 showcases game-changing innovations
- 5 September 2023 – Healthy Ageing Catalyst Accelerator round two winners announced
- 13 June 2023 – Sheffield Hallam University secures £125,000 URKI funding for healthy ageing project to make muscle strength training easier for women in midlife
- 10 June 2023 – New technology funded by Healthy Ageing Challenge aims to prevent falls for elderly – read article or watch video
- 26 May 2023 – Mindset to address mental health using latest digital technology
Join our Community of Practice
Anyone with an interest in innovation and healthy ageing is welcome to join the Community of Practice. It's free, quick and easy to sign up. As a member you will receive information on news and updates and events from the Challenge and the wider healthy ageing sector.