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Arts and Humanities researchers for the 'The long-term care revolution'

Date: 29/04/2013

Academics interested in issues surrounding our aging population and debates about reforming long term care provisions for the elderly have the opportunity to be involved in a new call. The TSB is particularly keen to hear from arts and humanities researchers, who can bring valuable insights into the human perspectives and creative possibilities of this field and help to re-imagine and re-design the future for providing care in later life.

The challenge of transforming previously disenfranchised and disconnected segments of our ageing population into more vibrant, connected and empowered communities, including their families, carers and broader social and cultural networks, requires radical thinking, risk taking and multidisciplinary approaches.

To address this challenge the AHRC is working with the TSB to support a ‘sandpit’ to bring together a varied group of up to 25 individuals, who might be new entrants or existing players from across the UK, with the expectation that they work together to develop radical, risky and novel ideas that can then be developed into full proposals for industry led Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) projects. Following on from the sandpit we will be awarding up to £2.4m in such projects. Academics can be fully involved as sub-contractors in the proposals.

Jackie Marshall-Cyrus Lead Specialist Assisted Living Innovation Platform, Technology Strategy Board commented Academics interested in issues surrounding our aging population and debates about revolutionising long term care provisions for older adults have the opportunity to be involved in a new call. The Technology Strategy Board is inviting applications for participation in a revolutionary sandpit workshop in the autumn looking for novel ideas to blow apart conventional thinking about institutional long-term care. The TSB is particularly keen to hear from arts and humanities researchers, who can bring valuable insights into the human perspectives and creative possibilities of this field and help to re-imagine and re-design the future of higher care requirements in later life.

The five-day sandpit will be held 16-20 September 2013. You can apply now the deadline is noon on the 12 June 2013. The TSB are holding briefings for potential applicants with the final one in London on 9 May. For further information on the call please visit the Technology Strategy Board.

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