2016 Collaborative Impact Program

AGE-WELL invites researchers and their teams to participate in its inaugural Collaborative Impact Program competition.

AGE-WELL’s Collaborative Impact Program is a matched funding program that is designed to leverage partnerships between academic researchers and industry, government (provincial) and community organizations in order to accelerate Canadian innovation and economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life for older adults and/or caregivers.

CIP funds will support post-discovery commercialization or knowledge mobilization activities that align with the vision and mission of AGE-WELL. AGE-WELL will consider proposals for commercialization and/or knowledge mobilization, including:

  • commercialization of technologies, products, and/or services, including but not limited to, business development, prototype development, market readiness and start-up activities
  • knowledge mobilization (KM), translation (KT) or exchange activities, including but not limited to, the implementation of KM/KT products or the introduction of new products/services into practice or policy settings

Award Value

Up to $75,000 investment from AGE-WELL with additional matched funds from partnering organizations. The overall project budget must include 25% cash contribution and 25% in-kind contribution from partners. 12 month, non-renewable awards.

(For example: to receive $75,000 from AGE-WELL, an application must include $37, 500 cash and a further $37, 500 measurable in-kind contributions from a partner(s) for a total project budget of $150,000)

Application Deadline

The 2016 competition is now closed.


AGE-WELL is dedicated to identifying and developing collaborations with other organizations and stakeholders to leverage AGE-WELL funding through cash or in-kind contributions, and to create opportunities for commercialization, knowledge exchange or mobilization.

CIP is a matched funding program. Cash and in-kind contributions are required from provincial, industry and/or community partners for this funding program. Projects will normally be expected to include partner organizations in dissemination or commercialization planning and should detail these in the application. For reporting purposes, all partnership activities should be quantified in the budget module and supported by a Letter of Support from each partnering organization.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The competition is open to investigators working in the field of technology and aging based at Canadian institutions that are eligible to hold Tri-Council funds. Canadian universities and investigators who are not already members of the AGE-WELL network will be required to sign onto the Network Agreement prior to receiving funds.
  • Funded projects must be aligned with AGE-WELL’s overall mission and vision and at least one of AGE-WELL’s 8 Workpackages: https://agewell-nce.ca/research.
  • Preference will be given to projects with the potential to achieve real-world impact within 12 months.
  • CIP funds cannot be used for activities funded through other AGE-WELL competitions (e.g. Core Research Program).
  • Researchers can hold only one of either AGE-WELL CIP or SIP (Strategic Investment Program) awards in the same fiscal year.
  • Matching funds may come from provincial, private or public sector partners. Funds from federal research funding programs (e.g. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, Industry or Health Canada, other NCEs etc.) are ineligible as matching funds for the Collaborative Impact Program.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be accepted through AGE-WELL’s Forum Research Portal.

  1. Access the Catalyst Program section of the Forum Research Portal.
  • All current AGE-WELL Network Investigators have Forum accounts and can access the Catalyst Program application materials through the ‘My Applications‘ tab visible when the log into Forum.
  • Applicants who are not already AGE-WELL Network Investigators must first request access to Forum by emailing info@agewell-nce.ca to request an account.  Accounts will be set up within 24 hours (maximum) of receiving the request. Once an account is set up, access application materials through the ‘My Applications‘ tab visible upon login.
  1. Complete the information in each section, uploading attachments as requested.

Key Contact:

Questions about the Catalyst Program should be directed to Jeanie Zabukovec, AGE-WELL Research and Partnerships Administrator (Jeanie@agewell-nce.ca).