Research into Ageing Fund

At Age UK, we focus our research funds exclusively on later life.

Through the Research into Ageing Fund, we make grants for research to improve the health and wellbeing of older people.

The Research into Ageing Fund (RiAF) is a fund set up and managed by Age UK to support age-related research. Through RiAF, we make grants in response mode for high quality research to improve the health and wellbeing of older people.  We award grants to eligible individuals and organisations through a competitive, peer reviewed process.

Our aim is to fund research that will lead to health and wellbeing solutions for later life. To this end, our emphasis in grant funding through RiAF is on applied and translational research that will or is likely to lead to interventions within 5 years of the end of the research project.

We also aim to encourage research in areas of health and wellbeing that affect large numbers of older people but are under-researched, and to build capacity in ageing research in the UK.

We awarded 11 new research grants in 2012. 

As well as funding through RiAF, Age UK has a wide range of other research interests. Currently, following Age UK's evolution since its formation in 2009, the Board of Trustees is reviewing our research interests overall with the aim of delivering research that drives all aspects of our work - charitable, international and social enterprise - in our combined mission to improve later life in the UK and around the world. During this review, we are not in a position to announce a new grant round. The research strategy that will result from the review is expected to be agreed by the Board of Trustees in Spring 2013. More information will be available after the review.  

Get information on our remit, eligibility criteria and value of awards

We are a member of the opens link in new window Association of Medical Research Charities

Later Life in the UK factsheet

  • This factsheet, which is updated on a monthly basis, is the most up-to-date source of publicly available, general information on people in later life in the UK.

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