17 Jan 2020 - 31 Oct 2020

Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge

The Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge, founded by the United States National Academy of Medicine (NAM), offers opportunities for innovators, scientists, and entrepreneurs to catalyse breakthrough discoveries and innovations that could leapfrog existing barriers and jumpstart new solutions, thereby propelling the field of ageing research and improving the health of persons as they age.

The NAM has developed a unique model built on a foundation of catalyst and proof-of-concept awards to attract bold ideas, and advance successful pilots and prototypes. This is accompanied by major inducement prizes for breakthrough innovations (see Figure 1) as follows:
Phase 1: Catalyst Awards recognising bold, new innovative ideas;
Phase 2: Accelerator Awards rewarding meritorious awardees who have demonstrated significant progress and achieved proof of concept; and
Phase 3: One or more Grand Prizes rewarding the achievement of bold and transformative innovations.

Figure 1: NAM Healthy Longevity Global Challenge Framework

Key Timelines for Phases 1-3:
  • Catalyst Award Competition [2020-2022]
  • Accelerator Award Competition [2020-2023]
  • Grand Prize Competition [2023-2025]

About the Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards 

As part of the Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge, the Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards will reward bold, new, potentially transformative ideas—originating from any field or combination of fields (such as biomedicine, behavioural science, sociology, engineering and infrastructure, technology, policy)—to improve the physical, mental, or social well-being for people as they age, and in a measurable and equitable way. In particular, we seek ideas that will extend the human health span through innovations in disease prevention, biomarkers, molecular pathways, mobility, functionality, social connectedness, and more. Ideas could focus on early-, mid-, or late-life, as long as it ultimately promotes health as people age.

Topic Areas

Below are some examples of topic areas that would be considered.
  • Biology of ageing and molecular pathways;
  • Health care delivery;
  • Housing, such as smart-enabled homes, intergenerational housing models;
  • Technology, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, medical technology, assistive devices, and information technology; and
  • Productive longevity at workplaces – technology or job redesign solutions which enable older workers to continue in employment to a later age

Evaluation Criteria

Selection of successful proposals will be based on the following evaluation criteria:
  • Innovativeness: The extent to which the proposed idea challenges existing paradigms and employs new methodologies or concepts. (This is the most important criterion.)
  • Potential for Impact: The extent to which the proposed idea may influence the physical, mental, or social well-being of people as they age.
  • Scope: The extent to which the proposed idea represents a challenge impacting the entire field, and not solely the interests of the applicant.
  • Quality: The extent to which the proposed idea and the research methodology are clearly explained and includes a compelling or well-defined outcome metric.


The Catalyst Awards will be open to teams representing public and/or private sector institutions/organisations across all disciplines. Individuals are not eligible to apply. While there is no restriction on the nationality of members in the project team, the entity represented must be legally registered in Singapore. Consortiums with Singapore-registered entities are also eligible to apply.


There will be one round of Catalyst Award competition per year.

Funding Quantum

The Catalyst Awards will provide a funding quantum of up to $69,600 (inclusive of 20% indirect costs) for up to 2 years.

Important Dates to note

The timeline for key activities under the Catalyst Awards is set out below:

 Activity  Date
 Announcement of the NAM Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge   October 2019
 Public Briefing  9 January 2020
 Call for Applications   17 January 2020
 Deadline for Project Proposal Submission  24 February 2020
 Announcement of Results  Sep/Oct 2020*

*Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the review stage and announcement of results will be postponed till Sep/Oct 2020

Submission Mode and Deadline

It is mandatory for all applications to be submitted and endorsed by the Director of Research (DOR) online via IGMS by 24 Feb 2020, 5pm.
NICPO will not entertain any late/hardcopy submissions or submissions from individual applicants without endorsement from the Host Institution.
Slides shared during the Public Briefing on 9th Jan 2020 can be accessed here.
Please click here for the Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards Application Guide and Templates. These will also be available for download at the IGMS website.

With support from

  • National Research Foundation (NRF)

In collaboration with

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