University of Sheffield, UK (Co-ordinator)

Representative to ERA-AGE

Professor Alan Walker, Director of The New Dynamics of Ageing Research Programme.

Senior Research Manager, Juliet Craig (

Other contact

Project Secretary, Melissa Nance (


Until 2005 the UK partner to ERA-AGE was the National Collaboration on Ageing Research. In 2005 the collaboration between ESRC, EPSRC, MRC and BBSRC funded a new interdisciplinary research programme on ageing. The New Dynamics of Ageing Programme runs from 2005 to 2010 with a budget of £20 million. In 2006 the Arts and Humanities Research Council Joined the NDA.

Scientific Director

Professor Alan Walker, Department of Sociological Studies, The University of Sheffield.

The Funding Agencies of the New Dynamics of Ageing are:

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Dedicated Officer

Joy Todd, ESRC

This is a research programme which started in 2005 and will run until 2010. The overall aim of the programme is to advance understanding of the dynamics of ageing from an interdisciplinary perspective. The total budget for the programme is 18 million Euro. The first call for proposals took place in 2005 and further calls will follow in 2006 and 2007.

The ESRC has recently funded two major ageing-related initiatives in addition to projects supported through its Research Grants Board:

  • The Growing Older Programme, £3.5 million (1999-2005), consisted of multidisciplinary social sciences research on factors contributing to quality of life in old age, with an emphasis on translating findings into policy and practice developments.
  • Stimulating Social Policy in an Ageing Society (SAGE), £740,000 (1999-2004), research on the implications of an ageing population for pension, health and long-term care policies.

In its most recent funding cycles, EPSRC's EQUAL (Extending Quality Life) initiative has supported ageing research in the areas of rehabilitation and design for all, £2.2 million, 2001-2002, and allocated £2 million, 2002-2004, to fund cross-cutting research in areas such as smart housing, mobility, assistive technology, and knowledge management/systems integration.

Between 1997 and 2005 BBSRC committed £5 million to ageing research under the science of ageing (SAGE) and Experimental Research in Ageing (ERA) initiatives. Since 2005 EPSRC and BBSRC have been collaborating on a 3 year initiative - Strategic Promotion of Ageing Research Capability (SPARC)-aimed at stimulating research on ageing.