We're really excited to share the news that Koalaa has been awarded UK Research and Innovation funding as part of the UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge.
The UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge was launched in 2019 with the ambition of transforming the lives of millions of people within a decade. It looks to support research and innovation across a broad range of areas that will enable people to remain active, productive, independent, and socially connected for longer.
By 2050, a third of the UK population will be 60 years or over and according to the Challenge: We need bold, cross-sector innovation, informed by lived experience, driven at pace, adopted at scale, and delivered now to meet future challenges. You can find out more about the UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge, its mission and progress to date by clicking here.
What’s happening at Koalaa?
Koalaa is one of more than 25 projects to be awarded funding as part of the £20mn Designed for Ageing awards, which form part of the Healthy Ageing Challenge.
We entered the awards seeing a clear correlation between our soft prosthetics and their benefits for those with upper body limb differences, and the need for comfortable, light weight assistive technology that can support individuals with impaired mobility to live independently.
The funding we have secured will support us with an exciting new project we're working on, which is focused on developing services and products for over-50s who have a form of upper limb impairment or reduced mobility in their hand, wrist or elbow.
This includes people who may have experienced:
· A stroke
· Wrist fracture
· Spinal cord injury
Can you help?
We’re on the lookout for individuals based in the UK who may like to help us with our initial research phase. It will involve answering a few questions via a form or short interview.
It is an exciting opportunity to be part of the development of a new a product and service that could benefit people now and in the future.
We’re keen to hear from…
Ø Anybody who has loss of upper limb function
Ø Those who work or care for with these individuals (e.g., carers or occupational therapists)
Ø Those who supply or work with assistive technology/products used by people in this category
To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org