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Healthy Ageing

Campaign #2

Campaign #2: Helping people remain independent, productive, active
and socially connected for longer

Deadline to apply: 18 October 2019

As part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy, up to £98m will be invested in research and innovation that enables people remain independent, productive, active and socially connected for longer.

The number of people over 75 in the UK today is one in 12. By 2040, it will rise to one in 7. We’re also living for longer and a third of children born now are expected to live to 100. This presents a challenge to health services, but it is also an opportunity for businesses and researchers who can help people to stay active and productive as they age.

In recognition of this opportunity, SETsquared’s Scale-Up Programme will invest £200k+ into R&D project proposal development for UKRI’s Healthy Ageing funding challenge plus other opportunities.

We therefore invite academics (from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey), companies and consortia, including companies and academics, to apply for funding of up to £35k per project to help develop collaborative R&D proposals for these calls. All applications must include or be led by at least one of our academic partners

Each funding award can be used for bid writing, consortia partnership development and project management. Read our guide on how the funds can be used

The six partner universities have extensive health and wellbeing expertise and capabilities, so there are diverse opportunities to collaborate with them. View a summary of their research capabilities

The Scale-Up Programme is a partnership between:

Are you an SME?

If you have a potential R&D project in the pipeline, now is the ideal time to get some support to build a powerful bid.

These bids open up many opportunities, including:

  • partnering with the health research capabilities of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. Read a summary of their research capabilities
  • support to access public and private funding
  • rapid scale-up.

Are you a researcher?

If your research/expertise has applications which support healthy ageing, there are many benefits to engaging with this campaign including:

  • potential to significantly increase your research income
  • expanding and developing your industrial network
  • building the impact of your research.

To support your R&D project proposal

Business-University collaboration opportunities

Lead the UK in the global healthcare sector

Unlock private & public sector investment in innovation

Healthy Ageing #2

Application for R&D proposal development

Deadline to apply: 18 October 2019


Have a look at the guidance in the Project Summary section and if you have any queries prior to application, please get in touch with us on

Healthy Ageing bid buy out fund

  • If you have one
  • eg Industrial Research
  • Indicative only at this stage
  • Indicative only at this stage
  • This can be a SETsquared partner university or a company
  • We suggest that your summary should cover the market opportunity for the proposed project, your/your collaborators’ approach, what outcomes you anticipate, and project finance. But remember to keep it short & succinct. The purpose of the project summary is to help SETsquared evaluate the project for funding support to further develop the project – it’s unlikely that a project would have the full answers to all of these questions at this stage. (please see project summary guidance) If your project is not fully-formed at the moment, we welcome expressions of interest for future campaigns, just indicate this on the form.

We value your privacy and will never pass your details on to third party organisations.

SETsquared is a partnership between

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey