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  • 4m funding for healthy ageing initiatives

    Created: 04/08/2021

    Funded by UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Healthy Ageing Challenge, the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition provides full funding of up to £150,000 for individual successful projects as a share of an overall £4 million (inclusive of VAT). The competition aims to support organisations to develop products and services to support healthy ageing.

    Projects will need to be run by social entrepreneurs with the potential to scale up and will need to tackle one or more of the 7 themes of the Healthy Ageing Challenge Framework:

    • the common complaints of ageing, such as impaired hearing, eyesight, mobility and supporting mental and physical well-being;
    • sustaining physical activity for over 50’s;
    • living well with cognitive impairment;
    • maintaining health at work;
    • designing for age-friendly homes;
    • supporting social connections; or
    • creating healthy and active places.

    UKRI will award up to £4 million across 2 strands. These are:

    1. Healthy Ageing Social Ventures Feasibility Studies for projects with costs up to £50,000
    2. Healthy Ageing Social Ventures industrial research for projects with costs from £50,000 to £150,000 for prototype development and evaluation.

    This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1, availability of further funding and assessment of a separate application into a subsequent phase 2 competition. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.

    Any adoption and implementation of a solution from this competition would be subject to a separate, possible competitive, procurement exercise. This competition does not cover the purchase of any solution. In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process.

    Organisations that are socially enterprising are able to enter.

    Social Enterprise Scotland is running an information session on the competition from 11:30 - 12:15 on Wednesday 11 August 2021. 

    Who can apply?

    Projects must:

    • start by 01 March 2022
    • end by 29 February 2024
    • have total eligible project costs from £50,000 to £150,000 inclusive of VAT

    To lead a project, you must:

    • be an organisation of any size
    • work alone or with other organisations as subcontractors
    • exist wholly to provide benefits for society
    • have stated commitment to social outcomes for an identified set of beneficiaries related to your social or environmental mission
    • have objects in your constitutional documents, which form a constitutional lock, that protect your social or environmental mission
    • have a policy to distribute profits after tax so surpluses are used to achieve social or environmental impacts

    Contracts will be awarded only to a single legal entity. However, if you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can employ specialist consultants or advisers. This work will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.

    How to apply?

    Please visit the UK Government's website to apply for this competition. 

    When to apply?

    The competition closes at 11:00 on Wednesday 15 September 2021

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