AGE-WELL 2018 Catalyst Funding Program




AGE-WELL is excited to launch its 3rd Catalyst Funding Program to support innovative research projects aimed at generating, promoting or accelerating economic and social benefit in the field of technology and aging.

The Catalyst Funding Program represents the first-stage in AGE-WELL’s innovation funding stream. Catalyst grants will support early-stage, scalable research projects including pilot studies, feasibility studies and novel approaches that are aligned with AGE-WELL’s mission and vision. Projects must demonstrate strong potential for real-world impact.

It is expected that Catalyst projects will lead to new funded research initiatives, either as part of AGE-WELL or through other granting agencies.  Projects funded by Catalyst grants may be suitable for future AGE-WELL investment as they progress along the innovation pipeline.


  • The competition is open to researchers based at Canadian institutions working in the field of technology and aging. AGE-WELL uses the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) definition of “independent researchers” when defining eligible grant holders (see
  • Catalyst funds cannot be used for activities funded through other AGE-WELL research competitions (e.g. activities that are part of an AGE-WELL Core Research Project).
  • Investigators will normally be expected to include partner organizations in their projects, including as part of any dissemination or commercialization planning. Such organizations should be described in the application, even where the partnership is at a very early stage of development. For reporting purposes, all partnership activities should be quantified in the application.
  • Proposals will ideally demonstrate some level of additional cash and/or in-kind contributions from industry or community partners or describe a plan to secure such contributions. There is no minimum contribution level required for the Catalyst program.

Maximum Project Value

Up to $50,000

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

One year


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

PI to submit copy of application along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

PI to submit application through AGE-WELL’s Forum Research Portal.

More information about this funding opportunity and how to apply, please see the sponsor website.

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

Jeanie Zabukovec, AGE-WELL Research and Partnerships Administrator (

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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