Strategic Research Agenda for Ageing Well

Office for Ageing Well is committed to supporting knowledge producers to address research questions of policy, practice, and community relevance, by focusing on the social and structural determinants of ageing well.

In April 2021, the Centre for Health in All Policies Research Translation (CHiAPRT) was engaged to develop research priorities for ageing well. CHiAPRT produced Developing the Research Priorities for Ageing Well in South Australia: A Strategic Research Agenda (PDF 853KB), which identifies a range of priority research areas to help address questions of policy and community importance to be used by anyone generating or translating knowledge.

The research priorities were co-developed with over 100 participants representing a range of knowledge producers and users, citizen representatives, policy actors, practitioners, and local thought leaders. The process used an interactive, stakeholder-driven approach to ensure that stakeholder views, practice wisdom and expert knowledge informed the research priorities.

From this has come the Strategic Research Agenda for Ageing Well in SA (PDF 410KB) , which aims to focus and unify efforts towards evidence generation, increase efficiency and impact of research funding and ensure that research activity is relevant and useful for policy and practice.

Impact Research Grants for Ageing Well

Applications for Impact Research Grants 2023-2024 are now closed. Assessment of applications is underway and applicants will be advised of the outcomes in due course.

Impact Research Grants for Ageing Well encourage researchers from a variety of disciplines to undertake innovative independent research that generates new evidence and builds knowledge to address the social and structural determinants of ageing well to influence policy and practice.

Grants are offered in two streams:

  • 2 x Seed Grants each to the value of $25,000 for two research projects of up to 12 months duration.
  • 1 x Major Project Grant to the value of $100,000 for a research project of up to 24 months duration.

In 2023-24, the focus of the grants program is to answer priority questions of community and policy importance related to the ageing well pillars of ‘Life-course’ and ‘Social inclusion’.

Inaugural Impact Research Grants Recipients 2023

In 2023, Flinders University received a Major Project Grant of $100,000 over two years, to examine how homes can be modified to better support people to age well, maximise their participation in meaningful activities, and reduce their support needs.

The University of South Australia (UniSA) received a Seed Grant of $25,000 over one year to partner with the Animal Welfare League (SA) and Levande Lightsview Retirement Village to codevelop innovative team approaches to animal care.

UniSA received a second Seed Grant of $25,000 over one year to partner with Care Finder Housing Specialists and Believe Housing SA to examine and better understand the transition between loss of home ownership and the receipt of housing assistance.

Office for Ageing Well and the CHiAPRT, which is jointly based at Health Translation SA and School of Public Health University of Adelaide, continue to work closely with grant recipients to enable older people to participate in the research to guide ageing well policy and practice.

If you require further information, contact:

Office for Ageing Well
Phone: 08 8204 2420