Recent research shows that, if given the choice, over 85% of older Canadians would prefer to age in place within their own homes and communities. The Aging in Place Challenge program aims to support this choice through technology and innovation. The program's objectives focus on improving the quality of life of older adults and their personal caregivers through innovation for safe and healthy aging, supporting a sustainable model for long-term care by shifting focus toward preventive home and community based care. The aim is to enable nursing homes to concentrate on older adults with the highest needs while reducing costs to the Canadian health care system. The program officially launched in April 2021. Since its launch, the program funded several R&D collaborative projects and continues to do so.
This call for proposals is now closed. The deadline to apply was January 22, 2024. Contact us at NRC.AgingInPlace-VieillirChezSoi.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca if you have any questions.
Healthy aging community living labs
Figure of the healthy aging community living labs initiative
Figure of the healthy aging community living labs initiative – Text version
The healthy aging community living labs initiative funded and run by the NRC's Aging in Place Challenge program focuses on collaboration, co-creation and impact. The image shows the different living lab partners working together towards impact including:
- The NRC
- Experts by experience
- Research partner
- Local government
- Health and social care
The objective of the initiative is to collaborate, co-develop and evaluate AgeTech innovations and solutions for aging in place.
About the program
Working with Canadian and international partners from academia, industry, government, and other interested stakeholders, the program has been constructed around 4 main research pillars:
- Smart materials and devices
- AI-assisted decision making
- Brain health
- Physical health
- Activities of daily living
- Mobility and transportation
- Social engagement
- AgeTech adoption
- Data privacy and cybersecurity
- Dwellings for successful aging in place
Collaborative projects will be defined under each pillar.
We have received a great deal of interest in the program from potential collaborators. The program's first engagement activities have been completed and an initial group of projects has been identified.
For experts by experience
If you are an older adult or caregiver and you are interested in becoming an expert by experience for the Aging in Place Challenge program, please submit your interest using the button below. There will be a number of opportunities that you get involved in to provide your thoughts and opinions. This form will help us learn more about you, and how you would like to be involved in the program.
There will be ongoing future opportunities for collaborators to get involved in. Researchers from the academic, public, not for profit, and private sectors as well as from Indigenous governments and organizations may express their interest in collaborating by emailing us at NRC.AgingInPlace-VieillirChezSoi.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca. When a potential collaborative opportunity has been identified, an NRC representative will be in contact. In the meantime, follow us on social media for updates.
Grant and contribution funding will be available through the NRC's National Program Office for eligible collaborators who offer complementary expertise. This may include contributions to collaborative R&D as well as equipment needed for research in fundamental areas. Consult the collaborative R&D funding page for more information.
News and events
A number of workshops and other engagement activities have been taking place since 2020 to help scope research activities and define project plans. Details will be posted here and on social media as additional workshops and engagement activities arise.
If you are interested in collaborating, making investments in this area, attending a workshop or engagement activity, or if you have any questions, please contact:
Program Director, Aging in Place Challenge Program