Center of Excellence: Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan

The Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan is pleased to join with the Optimal Aging Institute to announce the availability of small grants (up to $5,000) for innovative and/or collaborative research, educational programs, or community engagement projects focused on helping individuals age optimally. The Optimal Aging Institute (OAI) has four primary goals:

  • Become recognized as an educational institution that focuses on optimal aging (with a special emphasis on health, wellness, and preventative care).
  • Become the regional incubator for innovative programming, products, and applied research that will enhance the seven dimensions of wellness (physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, cultural, occupational) among middle-aged and older adults.
  • Provide learning opportunities and educational materials focusing on optimal aging for service providers, health systems, entrepreneurs, corporations, caregivers, and older adults.
  • Become a regional advocate for programs and services tailored for older adults by strategically mobilizing university and community resources.

Funding for approved projects is available through a monetary donation to BGSU from Medical Mutual of Ohio, the University’s health insurance provider.


The OAI grants program will accept proposals twice in the 2016-17 academic year; submission deadlines are by noon on October 3, 2016 and on February 15, 2017. For complete information, download the guidelines and application.