Healthy Ageing Challenge Community of Practice

The Healthy Ageing Challenge Community of Practice is a collaborative learning community for businesses, social ventures, researchers, investors and policymakers to connect and share knowledge and insights in relation to healthy ageing.

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.



Find out more about the 120+ projects being supported by the Healthy Ageing Challenge, representing the following seven themes:

You can also filter projects by region or the workstream they were funded under.

Best practice

Comprising 26 UK-wide projects, which are delivering service innovations to help people live independent and active lives as they age, the Designed for Ageing programme is focused on co-design, as this together with user-led practice have become more central to good innovation design. Explore case studies from the programme below.
Introduction to Holly Health


Introduction to Holly Health

In our Healthy Ageing project, it’s essential that older adults mustn’t feel left behind by advancing technology.

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Community powered co-creation in self-care


Community powered co-creation in self-care

The UNITY platform from Health Fabric provides a self-management experience for users in multiple languages.

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The Language of Care


The Language of Care

At Elate our product will be the digital aid for older people and carers, transforming how they access support services.

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Penny’s fighting fit with FitBees


Penny’s fighting fit with FitBees

The importance of involving people with learning disabilities in the design of digital fitness products for the future.

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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.

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Related Opportunities

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.

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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.

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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.

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Related Events and Recordings


Inclusivity in Design: Embracing Accessibility Challenges

11.00 - 12.15 | Online

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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

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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.


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