Sodexo and the uOttawa LIFE Research Institute join forces

LIFE Research Institute
Poster with LIFE Institute and Sodexo logo, with words saying "The future of health and well-being".
Last year, the LIFE Research Institute launched a new partnership and a call for proposals from Sodexo: a world leader in delivering food services, facilities management and over 100 quality of life services. Sodexo has pledged more than €150,000 ($217,000) for the first year of this collaboration, which will fund three projects per year.

This particular call for proposals focuses primarily on the inclusion of younger generations, young and/or middle-aged adults. Sodexo has reviewed the submissions for the 2019 call for proposals and funding for a project on older adult years has been awarded. The competition remains open to receive revised or new proposals for all population groups across the life course. We are therefore re-releasing the call to select two further projects with a submission date of 28 February 2020.

Improving health and well-being for people is at the core of Sodexo’s quality of life services. It is a committed endeavor that requires research and analysis along with the collaboration of the brightest minds around the world,” said Thomas Jelley, Vice-President of the Sodexo Quality of Life Institute. “The insights we will gain from this new partnership will help us anticipate the evolution of well-being, future client and consumer needs, repercussions on our clients’ businesses, as well as the impact of new trends in our fast-changing world.

Researchers and scientists will be encouraged to unleash the power of their creativity: the overall objective of this collaboration is to foster strong, interdisciplinary, and ground-breaking research that will modernize our knowledge and conception of health and wellbeing.

The University of Ottawa LIFE Research Institute is extremely excited to partner with Sodexo,” added Dr. Linda Garcia, Director of the Institute. “We pride ourselves on answering complex questions that are meaningful to our community, by drawing from the expertise of all our faculties. This partnership will help us generate truly interdisciplinary projects that build on our existing research and foster creative ways of improving health and well-being. As we live longer, better and with voice and choice, this is very important.

To ensure the best possible future for our healthcare systems, businesses and academia must work together, and that is exactly why Sodexo and the uOttawa LIFE Research Institute are thrilled to join forces under this partnership.

The maximum award for the uOttawa/Sodexo Initiative Funding Opportunity may vary from year to year but can be up to EUR 42,500 (+/- $60,000 CAD) per project.

To apply for this funding opportunity you must be a member of the LIFE Research Institute – if you are not already a member, please complete the membership form below and return as soon as possible.

To submit a funding request, the form below must be submitted by February 28, 2020, to the LIFE Research Institute: [email protected].

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.