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Funding Opportunity: AGE-WELL 2017 SIP Accelerator Program

The Office of Research Services has received the following information which we are forwarding to our e-mail list members:




Do you have an innovative idea that has the potential for real-world impact at the intersection of technology and aging? AGE-WELL is launching a new funding program called the “SIP Accelerator” to support innovative post-discovery projects focused on the commercialization and/or knowledge mobilization of solutions (e.g. technologies, services or policies) aligned with AGE-WELL’s mission and vision.


The program provides:

·         financial support;

·         training opportunities; and

·         strategic mentorship. 

AGE-WELL is dedicated to the creation of technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. Our aim is to help older Canadians maintain their independence, health and quality of life through technologies and services that increase their safety and security, support their independent living, and enhance their social participation.

Award Value and Term:

Up to $40,000 over 12 months. Can be renewed for one year, pending end-of-term review. The program will also provide strategic mentorship and training opportunities from the AGE-WELL network and its partners in addition to financial support.


Application Deadline:

There will be three (3) competitions per year.  The first application deadline is April 28, 2017, 5:00 EST.


Training and Mentorship Details

§  Successful projects will be assigned to key mentors who will work with and support the funded project. Project teams will be required to hold regular meetings with their assigned mentors and/or the AGE-WELL Scientific Directors to ensure ongoing progress towards project goals.

§  Projects will have access to AGE-WELL member benefits and specialized services from AGE-WELL partners and Core Facilities, such as legal advice, commercialization and knowledge mobilization support, working space, access to prototyping labs, and entrepreneurship training.

§  Upon completion of the financial award, projects will continue to be eligible to receive ongoing in-kind support and services from AGE-WELL.

*For more information on the program, eligibility criteria and application process, please visit the AGE-WELL SIP Accelerator webpage.


AGE-WELL NCE Inc. (http://www.agewell-nce.ca/, @AGEWELL_NCE) is a pan-Canadian network of industry, non-profit organizations, government, care providers, end users, and academic partners working to drive innovation and create technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. Its vision is to harness and build upon the potential of emerging and advanced technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), e-health, information communication technologies (ICTs), and mobile technologies to stimulate technological, social, and policy innovation. AGE-WELL was launched in 2015 through the federally funded Networks of Centres of Excellence program.