A Giant Step for Ageing Research in Europe


The European Research Area in Ageing (ERA-AGE 2) has launched Europe's first joint research programme in the ageing field by publishing a call for multidisciplinary research applications on "Active and Healthy Ageing Across the Life Course".

The call is dedicated to the achievement of enhanced and healthy ageing and, in particular, to address the major priority established by the AHAIP (Active and Healthy Ageing Innovation Partnership) of a 2 year increase in healthy life expectancy in the European Union by 2020.

 Twelve funders in nine countries have committed €4.2 million to fund research projects of up to three years. This is Europe's first joint call for ageing research and follows the second round of ERA-AGE's post-doctoral fellowship programme, FLARE (Future Leaders of Ageing Research in Europe).

Applications are invited from multidisciplinary research groups representing 3 to 5 funding countries. Stage-one pre-proposals can be submitted between 1 June 2011 and 3 October 2011 to investigate specific research questions related to these three objectives of the call:

    • Generate new knowledge on the biological, clinical, behavioural, social and environmental factors that enable individuals to live actively and healthily
    • Explore comparatively different models, methods, approaches and good practices in societal responses to increased longevity which emphasise both social inclusion and sustainability.
    • Engage in effective knowledge exchange activities that will assist European and other countries to achieve the goal of increasing healthy life expectancy by 2 years by 2020.


Full information on the call themes, processes and application forms will be available from the ERA-AGE website on 1 June 2011. http://www.era-age.group.shef.ac.uk/

Further information on ERA-AGE and this call from Juliet Craig, j.craig@sheffield.ac.uk