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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Funding ageing research

Ageing is a long standing priority for the UK Research Councils including the MRC, ESRC, BBSRC and EPSRC.

In 2008 Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW) was launched as one of the major cross-council grand challenges to coordinating ageing research supported by the Research Councils. It aims to meet the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population.

The European Commission is highlighting ageing in Horizon 2020, it's biggest ever research and innovation programme running 2014 to 2020. During the first two years of Horizon 2020, the EU will invest 1 200 million Euros in 'Health, demographic change and wellbeing'. This aims to keep older people active and independent for longer and supports the development of new, safer and more effective interventions.

Age UK, the Alzheimer's Society and Abbeyfield are some of the charities funding research on ageing.

Funding in Manchester

Ageing has been identified as a key strategic priority for the University. In the University’s 2020 strategic plan, ageing is named as one of the major challenges facing society and a key focus of the University's social responsibility. MICRA receives internal funding as cross-faculty University research institute and builds capacity at the University for researchers to attract external funding.

Research in ageing at The University of Manchester receives funding through the EU, the UK research councils and leading charities. This includes funding from Lifelong Health and Wellbeing, Age UK and the National Institute for Health Research. MICRA offers support to researchers in finding partners and developing funding applications. We provide a framework for impact, dissemination and knowledge transfer.