The Health Service Executive (HSE), Health and Wellbeing Division, published its ‘Healthy and Positive Ageing for All’ Research Strategy 2015-2019 on 1 June 2017. The purpose of the Research Strategy is to support and promote research that aims to improve people’s lives as they age.

The National Positive Ageing Strategy which is being implemented under the broader Healthy Ireland Framework has a stated goal to support and use research about people as they age to better inform policy responses to population ageing in Ireland.

To fulfil the objectives of this national goal, the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative (HaPAI) has been established. The HaPAI is a collaborative partnership involving the HSE Health and Wellbeing Division, the Department of Health, the Atlantic Philanthropies and Age Friendly Ireland, with all partners recognising the value of undertaking research to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of older people.

As part of this initiative a €500,000 Research Fund and Awards Call has been announced. The theme of the Research Fund and Awards Call in 2017 is ‘Health Inequities and Inequalities as we Age in Ireland’. It is intended that outputs from the research awards will help to inform policy and practice in order to improve people’s lives as they age.

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