Aging in Place Challenge program


Recent research shows that, if given the choice, over 85% of older Canadians would prefer to age in place within their own homes and communities. The Aging in Place Challenge program aims to support this choice through technology and innovation. The program's objectives focus on improving the quality of life of older adults and their personal caregivers through innovation for safe and healthy aging, supporting a sustainable model for long-term care by shifting focus toward preventive home and community based care. The aim is to enable nursing homes to concentrate on older adults with the highest needs while reducing costs to the Canadian health care system. The program officially launched in April 2021.

This call is now closed. The deadline to apply was December 22, 2021. Contact the Aging in Place program at if you have any questions.

NRC and CIHR-IA joint funding call now open

The NRC's Aging in Place Challenge program and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Aging have launched a joint call for proposals for technological solutions to assist older adults with mental health conditions or social isolation to live well in their community. This call is seeking the development of novel technologies, or research investigating novel application of existing technologies.

To apply, project teams must have a nominated principal applicant eligible to hold CIHR funds, and an NRC principal investigator. Project teams must also have a knowledge user (older adult or caregiver) as a named member of the project team. To facilitate these connections, CIHR has developed a Partner Linkage Tool that you can access from the applicant guide webpage.

Read the applicant guide

About the program


Working with Canadian and international partners from academia, industry, government, and other interested stakeholders, the program has been constructed around 4 main research pillars:


  • Smart materials and devices
  • AI-assisted decision making


  • Brain health
  • Physical health
  • Activities of daily living


  • Mobility and transportation
  • Social engagement


  • AgeTech adoption
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity
  • Dwellings for successful aging in place

Collaborative projects will be defined under each pillar.

Getting involved

We have received a great deal of interest in the program from potential collaborators. The program's first engagement activities have been completed and an initial group of projects has been identified.

For collaborators

There will be ongoing future opportunities for collaborators to get involved. Researchers from the academic, public, not‑for‑profit, and private sectors as well as from Indigenous governments and organizations may express their interest in collaborating by emailing us at When a potential collaborative opportunity has been identified, an NRC representative will be in contact. In the meantime, follow us on social media for updates.

Grant and contribution funding will be available through the NRC's National Program Office for eligible collaborators who offer complementary expertise. This may include contributions to collaborative R&D as well as equipment needed for research in fundamental areas.

For experts by experience

If you are an older adult or caregiver and you are interested in becoming an expert by experience for the Aging in Place Challenge program, please submit your interest using the button below. There will be a number of opportunities to get involved in the coming years to provide your thoughts and opinions. This form will help us learn more about you, and how you would like to be involved in the program.

Submit your interest

News and events


Challenge accepted: How to support older adults aging in place through a more sustainable long‑term care model


A number of workshops and other engagement activities have been taking place since 2020 to help scope research activities and define project plans. Details will be posted here and on social media as additional workshops and engagement activities arise.

Contact us

If you are interested in collaborating, making investments in this area, attending a workshop or engagement activity, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Patricia Debergue
Program Director, Aging in Place Challenge Program

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