New initiative seeks researchers and businesses to enable healthy ageing

New initiative seeks researchers and businesses to enable healthy ageing

Businesses and researchers are needed for a new funding programme targeting healthy ageing. The SETsquared Healthy Ageing Programme will invest £200k+ into research and development project proposals for upcoming Innovate UK Healthy Ageing funding calls.

The University of Exeter, part of the SETsquared partnership is undertaking world leading research and product development in a range of areas linked to health ageing. Key areas of focus include: mental health and cognition, early diagnosis and patient stratification, active ageing and nutrition. The southwest has the demographic profile, industrial experience and academic expertise to lead the way in the field of healthy ageing.

If you are a small or medium sized business and you have a potential project in the pipeline to encourage healthy ageing, the SETsquared partnership can enable you to build a powerful bid. If you are a researcher and your expertise has applications which support healthy ageing, you can collaborate with NHS providers and businesses to make your research a reality.

As part of the programme, businesses and researchers can apply for a fully-funded place at a collaboration workshop event, the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo on 4 and 5 September 2019 in Manchester.

The workshops will unite researchers, NHS organisations and businesses, stimulating ideas and collaborations. There will be an opportunity to network and make connections with potential partners who are also working on technologies, products and solutions to help people live independently for longer in their own homes.

Claire Miller, Impact and Partnership Development Manager - Health and Wellbeing at the University of Exeter explained: “We are looking forward to meeting and working with a range of health practitioners, academics and businesses to begin to look at creative solutions to support our ageing population to live active and fulfilling lives”

Over the next twenty years, the number of people over 75 in the UK is set to rise from one in 12 to one in 7. We are living for longer and a third of children born now are expected to live to 100 years old. There is a clear opportunity for businesses and researchers who can help people to stay active and productive as they age.

To find out more about SETsquared's Healthy Ageing Campaigns visit the website.

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