New round of funding for the European Research Area in Ageing


Established in 2004, the European Research Area in Ageing (ERA-AGE) will remain active until 2015 thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE). Both research councils are members of the Joint Programming Initiative "More Years, Better Lives - The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change” (JPI MYBL).  

In 2004 a group of seven partners, all funders of national programmes of ageing research, committed to form an ERA-NET in ageing - ERA-AGE.  The consortium eventually grew to include 19 partners from across the EU as well as Israel and Canada.   ERA-AGE was the first project to focus on the Europeanisation of ageing research which is reflected in its objectives to share good practice and develop joint activities and funding calls.

ERA-AGE successfully completed three joint funding calls which resulted in the first European programme on ageing research funded by the Member States themselves (the FLARE Postdoctoral Fellowship programme) and subsequently Europe's first joint research programme in the ageing field by publishing a call for multidisciplinary research applications.  As a result 33 postdoctoral research fellowships and six research projects were funded. 

Funded by the European Commission under both Framework Programme 6 and Framework Programme 7, a third round of funding has been generously provided to ERA-AGE by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK and the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE) in Sweden.  The new funding from the JPI MYBL, ESRC and FORTE will be used for a Summer School, a programme meeting and a range of dissemination opportunities to support research fellows and their research projects.

ERA-AGE is coordinated by Professor Alan Walker, the UK representative The New Dynamics of Ageing Programme, based at the University of Sheffield.  For more information on the project please visit


Additional Information

1) The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds research into the big social and economic questions facing us today. We also develop and train the UK’s future social scientists. Our research informs public policies and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective. Most importantly, it makes a real difference to all our lives. The ESRC is an independent organisation, established by Royal Charter in 1965, and funded mainly by the Government. In 2015 the ESRC celebrates its 50th anniversary.

2) Forte is government agency under the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and funds research in the areas of health, working life and welfare. Forte represents the strength and the power that our funding means for the Swedish research community and in the long run the development of individuals and society at large.