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Young Researchers In Population Ageing Receive $1.25 Million Funding Boost

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The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) has been awarded $1.25 million by the Australian Research Council to support early career researchers (ECR). Funds will be used to support an ECR Workshop and Master-Class Program, as well as providing six Early Career Research Fellowships for young researchers to partner with more senior CEPAR academics on specific research projects.

CEPAR's Director, Scientia Professor John Piggott, said the award would considerably strengthen support for early career researchers. "One of CEPAR's most important objectives is to develop future research capabilities in the field of population ageing", he said. "This grant will enable us to much better deliver on that goal".

The six fellowships, to be shared between CEPAR's nodes at ANU and UNSW, will   fund research about the economic impacts of demographic change, pension policy, demographic projection and health.   

This is the second major tranche of research funding CEPAR has been awarded since its establishment in March 2011. Earlier this year, it was awarded $500,000 by the NSW Government's Science Leveraging Fund for projects in retirement finance and health. These funds were shared between CEPAR's UNSW and Sydney University nodes.


The ARC Centre for Population Ageing Research, which was established in March 2011, brings together researchers, government and industry to address one of the major social challenges of the 21st century. It will establish Australia as a world leader in the field of population ageing research through a unique combination of high level, cross-disciplinary expertise drawn from Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Epidemiology, Actuarial Science, and Demography. Drawing on strong international networks and powerful industry alliances, it will produce research that will transform thinking about population ageing, inform private and public sector policy and yield outcomes that improve the well-being of the aged and their social and economic environment.

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Collaborating and partner organisations:

  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Sydney
  • University of Nottingham
  • School of Economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • The University of Newcastle, UK
  • Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Manchester 
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Medibank Private
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
  • Commonwealth Treasury
  • Department of Health and Ageing
  • AMP