AGE-WELL NCE Core Research Programs 2020-2025 Request for Proposals

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Internal deadline changed to December 12, 2018 at 4pm (was December 17, 2018 at 4:30pm)




Core Research Program (CRP) 2020-2025

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AGE-WELL NCE Core Research Program 2020-2025 Request for Proposals


As AGE-WELL completes its first five-year mandate (2015-2020), the Network is developing its plans and goals for its next iteration, specifically from 2020-2025. A key aspect of this planning process is the development of AGE-WELL’s next Core Research Program, which is a set of integrated, long-term research projects that are the cornerstone of the Network’s activities.

Researchers based at Canadian institutions and working in the field of technology and aging are invited to apply for funding through AGE-WELL’s Core Research Program 2020-2025. Successful applications will be included as part of AGE-WELL’s renewal application for funding through 2020-2025.

The Core Research Program 2020 - 2025 will provide significant funding over 3-5 years for projects that:

  • Are driven by real-world problems and challenge areas
  • Address specific areas of interest to AGE-WELL and its partners and stakeholders
  • Focus on innovative technology-based solutions to support older adults and caregivers
  • Are user-centred, involving end-users and stakeholders in all stages of the research
  • Deliver not only the technology but the practice, policy, and service delivery models that are needed for the solution to be effective 
  • Use a transdisciplinary approach
  • Have the potential to lead to economic and social impact
  • Help AGE-WELL to achieve its mission

AGE-WELL has partnered with Mitacs and MEDTEQ, to provide additional funding as part of this RFP. Additional partners and collaborators may join this funding initiative over the coming months.

The key outputs from the Catalyst phase will be a more detailed proposal and progress update for the main phase of the applicant's work during 2020-2025. AGE-WELL anticipates that activities during the Catalyst phase will focus primarily on:

  • the non-core aspects of the project, e.g. KTEE, and building partnerships and team capacity
  • developing relationships with the stakeholders; i.e., older adults and caregivers should be involved in all aspects of the project from the start
  • building the “critical mass” within the Challenge Area; i.e., developing relationships and collaborations with the other projects within the Challenge Area and across the network, g., there may be activities you can do collectively such as shared responsibility for communications and outreach, pilot testing and field trials, development of technology platforms. These are activities that cannot be envisaged at the individual project level at the time of application and therefore need to be developed during the Catalyst phase.
  • Recruit and have your full research team in place to hit the ground running April 2020
  • Project teams may refine their methodology and detailed plans further, although we would not expect to see radical change from the initial proposal unless very strongly justified.

The specific requirements and outcomes of this Catalyst phase will be made available to all funded projects in March 2019.



  • Researchers based at Canadian institutions working in the field of technology and aging are eligible to apply. AGE-WELL uses the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) definition of “independent researchers” when defining eligible grant holders (see
  • AGE-WELL abides by the funding rules of the Tri-Council Agencies and CIHR in particular. Please consult the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) Financial Administration Guide about eligibility, eligible grant expenses, partner contributions, etc.
  • The applicant’s host institution must be eligible to hold Tri-Council funding. Canadian universities and investigators who are not already members of AGE-WELL will be required to sign onto the Network Agreement prior to receiving funds.

General AGE-WELL Policies

  • Successful applicants funded through this funding opportunity and any other persons working on the project must fully comply with the applicable AGE-WELL Terms and Conditions of Funding.

Allowable Expenses

Maximum Project Value

The maximum investment per Core Research Project is $200,000 per year (commencing April 1, 2020) for a minimum of three to a maximum of five years, for a maximum of $1,000,000 per grant.

Catalyst phase: Successful applications from this RFP will also receive a Catalyst grant of up to $30,000 with a one-year term (April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020) in order for these selected projects to continue developing their plans.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Funding Start Date:

  • April 1, 2019 (Catalyst Grant Phase) -  one Year
  • April 1, 2020 (Core Research Project, pending network renewal) - three to five Years

Special Notes

AGE-WELL will host three teleconferences during the RFP period to take calls from prospective applicants. AGE-WELL will use questions posed to the mailbox and questions from the open calls to develop and share FAQs in the "Supporting Documents" section of their website

  1. Tuesday, October 23, 2018: 2:30 – 3:30 pm EST
  2. Monday, November 26, 2018: 2:30 – 3:30 pm EST
  3. Thursday, December 13, 2018: 2:30 – 3:30 pm EST


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

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of proposal, including budget, along with signed OR-5, to

External Deadline

Applicant to submit proposal directly through the AGE-WELL’s Forum Research Portal.

How to Apply

The online application form for this RFP will be available Fall 2018 through AGE-WELL’s Forum Research Portal. To access the online application form, applicants must first request access to an account a portal account by e-mailing Accounts will be set up within 24 hours of receiving the request. Once an account is created, applicants can access the application materials on the “My Applications” tab visible upon login.

Applicants are advised to develop their applications in word processing software for transfer to the online application form as a final step. Please see the 'Application Guidelines' in the File Attachments of this alert for more information on the components of a complete application. 

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).


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For Questions, please contact

For general inquiries about AGE-WELL NCE or this RFP, please contact the AGE-WELL Network Management Office: or 416.597.3422 x7778

Office of Research

Amy Bossaer, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x58613

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