The Israel Ministry of Science has announced a call for proposals in a new research program devoted to developing scientific and technological innovations for Israel’s elderly.

The program’s budget for 2015 provides up to NIS 15 million (about $4.2 million) in grants for Israeli researchers working toward practical solutions for the elderly, and encourages interdisciplinary research projects in technology, life sciences/medical sciences and social/behavioral sciences.

Innovation in technology may include new frontiers in information and communication, nano-medicine (diagnosis and treatment), medical robotics and bioengineering.

The life sciences and medical sciences area is meant for scientists working in cell and molecular biology, immunology, brain research, and specific and personalized diagnosis for the elderly.

The social and behavioral sciences concentration is expected to attract researchers interested in improving social participation and status of the elderly, their cognitive and mental state, socio-economic and public-health evaluation and planning, and more.

This new research grant program came out of Israel’s largest-ever professional conference on the biology of aging and longevity, held at Bar-Ilan University on Israel Science Day last March under the auspices of the Ministry of Science.