CEPAR recently sought applications to their 2022 Small Grants Awards. The initiative scheme aimed to fund 4 short term projects in the mature worker space to the value of $10,000 each. With these awards, CEPAR aims to promote collaborations with researchers interested in topics associated with the ageing workforce. We also hope to promote knowledge exchange and innovative, practically relevant research on topics associated with ageing in the work context.

Applications closed on April 15th, with the award scheme attracting many high-quality proposals, which made the selection process both challenging and exciting. In selecting successful awardees, CEPAR aimed to balance a selection of research designs with national and international outreach.

We are pleased to announce 5 successful projects for the Small Grants Award Scheme:

  1. Carolin Bontrup, Dr. Kirsten Way, Professor Venerina Johnston, Associate Professor Shaun O’Leary, & Associate Professor Remko Soer. Project title: A holistic Workability Tool for Mature Workers.
  2. Dr Irina Gioaba & Assistant Professor Michael North. Project title: OK, Boomer! Subtle discrimination experiences of mature workers and their effects on workplace wellbeing and job attitudes.
  3. Assistant Professor Franziska Jungmann & Eva Zellman. Project title: Leader intervention: Comparing the impact of an age diversity training between Australia and Germany.
  4. Assistant Professor Rachel Rauvola, Associate Professor Cort Rudolph, & Professor Hannes Zacher. Project title: Age, Developmental Self-Regulation, and Work Design: A Replication and Extension.
  5. Dr Serena Wee & Associate Professor Patrick Dunlop. Project Title: Examining how organisational branding impacts mature workers: A proposal to reduce mature workers’ self-selection out of the job application process.

We look forward to collaborating with each team and sharing more information about the projects as they progress!