SPARC, which formally finished with the end of funding support in December 2008, is a unique venture which has aimed to ensure that older people benefit from advances in science and technology. SPARC is stimulating ageing research in three ways.
Firstly, it has showcased the latest research findings from design, engineering and biology to all stakeholders in older people’s issues and it has listened to the issues raised by practitioners and by older people about the realities of ageing.
Secondly, it has lobbied policy makers about the needs of older people and how these needs can be met and quality of life enhanced through the pursuit and application of research.
Thirdly, it has provided pump-priming funds to newcomers to ageing research. SPARC awards were highly sought after as they have provided an accelerated path into ageing research.
The rest of this website demonstrates that SPARC has been a lively, forward looking and, above all else, enthusiastic initiative. It is optimistic about ageing in a future built on the benefits of scientific and technological developments.
SPARC has been an inclusive network. It was open to all stakeholders. Participation in its activities was welcomed. Find out more about SPARC membership.
Supporting Older People by
Putting Research into Practice and
Actively Promoting Needs and Solutions through
Research Leadership and