Ageing Well National Science Challenge is pleased to announce the awarding of three “Emergent Opportunities” grants. The Emergent Opportunities grants were established to provide funding for unexpected research ideas that have been identified from Ageing Well projects in Phase One. While the projects must develop ideas, methodologies, tools or technologies that emerged from Phase One projects, the proposed projects must also align with the Ageing Well Phase Two Focus Areas: Health and Wellbeing in Ageing and Ageing and Māori.

Each project award is for up to $200,000, for a period of 12 months. Two projects have been funded under the Health and Wellbeing in Ageing focus area and one under the Ageing and Māori focus area.


Dr Katherine Bloomfield, University of Auckland

Frailty trajectories, resilience and quality of life (QoL) in the retirement village community: a vulnerable group.

This research aims to assess:

  • The effects of a multidisciplinary team intervention on frailty trajectories by repeating interRAI-Community Health Assessment (CHA) on the original Retirement Village intervention participants;
  •  Frailty prevalence and trajectories in all Retirement Village Phase One participants; and
  • The relationship between frailty, resilience and quality of life.

The research will also validate quality of life (QoL) items in interRAI-CHA by a validated QoL tool, and assess the relationship between baseline frailty and healthcare outcomes, such as hospitalisations and entering residential care.

Dr Ruth Teh, University of Auckland

Towards optimising vitality in older adults

The aim of this project is to co-design a lifestyle intervention programme – “Ageing Well in Outdoor Gym” (AWinOG) with older Māori. Kaumātua will be involved in developing a conceptual framework for the programme at a two-day focus group.  Over a three month period kaumātua will carry out gardening activities and record observations related to strength, balance and flexibility. At the end of three months, the group will reconvene to review the process, data collected and formalise the programme.


Dr Marama Muru-Lanning, University of Auckland

‘Mā mua ka kite a muri; mā muri ka ora a mua’: Community responsibilities for kaumātua wellbeing in two Tai Tokerau rohe.

This research will explore intergenertational support for kaumātua health in two Tai Tokerau communities, using a kaupapa Māori approach and including qualitative, ethnographic and oral history techniques. Its objectives are to examine kaumātua, whanau, iwi and health services discourse on responsibility for kaumātua health. The research also aims to probe more deeply into historic, cultural and social context of wellbeing, health and health service usage in these rohe.

More information on our projects and the funding opportunities available through Ageing Well National Science Challenge can be found here.