The application period for the 2022 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation will open in mid-February 2022. Please check back again soon for further information.

The people of Asia are living longer than ever, presenting a vast array of new challenges and new opportunities that all sectors of society—government, business, civil society, and communities—are just beginning to explore and address.

The Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation seeks to recognize and amplify innovative policies, programs, services, and products that address the challenges facing aging societies.
The objective is to highlight cutting-edge ideas that people throughout the region can emulate or access.



New technologies and techniques that encourage healthy and productive aging, that improve the way that older persons receive care, or that provide greater efficiency, safety, and/or convenience for older persons and caregivers


Community-based approaches—including inter-generational approaches—to keeping older adults healthy, active, engaged, and/or safe


New ways to help older adults maintain, improve, or restore their ability to carry out activities of daily living and to age in place

This prize is an initiative of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), under the auspices of the Japanese government’s Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN).

Applications for the 2021 round of the award are now closed. Please check back in January 2022 for information on how to apply for the next round.

The following requirements pertain to all applicants:

  • Applicants must be an organization; individuals are not eligible. Applicants may not be central government ministries/departments or international organizations.
  • Applicants must be based in an ASEAN member country or in China (including Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan), Japan, or South Korea.
  • Applicants must be willing to share their experience with others and must be willing to respond to inquiries from those in other countries to the best of their ability.
  • Applicants must be in good legal standing and have no record of criminal or ethical violations.
  • The applicant’s innovation must have already reached the implementation stage. The award is not intended to evaluate proposals that have not yet been put into practice.
  • Applications should be submitted by the organization(s) directly responsible for creating or developing the innovation. Those implementing a program model or marketing a product developed by others are not eligible.
  • Is the innovation focused on extending healthy and meaningful lives, or on the provision of care to older adults? [Required]
  • Does the innovation represent a creative and/or unique approach to an aging-related issue? [Required]
  • Has the innovation demonstrated, or can it be expected to achieve, some broad-based impact and/or outcomes?
  • Does the innovation provide a cost-efficient and effective response to the issue it seeks to address?
  • Does the innovation contribute to human resource development through capacity-building and training components?
  • Is the innovation accessible and inclusive?
  • Have manuals or other instructional materials been created that would allow the innovation to be implemented or utilized elsewhere?
  • Is the innovation scientifically sound and/or evidence based?

One Grand Prize will be selected in each category and additional finalists will be selected as Second Prize awardees.

Grand Prize winners will receive a trophy and all winners will receive a commemorative certificate and their innovations will be featured prominently on the AHWIN website. (Note: awardees may be asked to provide further information, photographs, etc., for the website coverage.)

The Grand Prize winner in each category will be invited to attend the next AHWIN Forum.*

Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for one representative of the awardee organization.

*Due to current travel restrictions, the timing of the next AHWIN Forum has yet to be decided.