Focus on Research & Development

At its core, NAI is about social research and development—where testing social innovations is the overarching strategy.

NAI will not promote particular ideologies. Rather, it will test innovations to see what works. Evidence will be NAI’s currency in research and policy design. The innovation-and-evidence approach is fully consistent with America’s deep-seated tradition of pragmatism, as well as Singapore’s social and economic development over the past half century. Testing innovations will be the most effective strategy within countries and across countries. For example, NUS wishes to engage more with the Asia Region, and it is far better for Singapore to engage not with policy “answers” but with applied research to test innovations.

Areas of Innovation

As a hub and global forum for “next age” research and development, NAI—especially, NIA at NUS—will facilitate research, education, and policy innovation in the Asia region. Particular attention will be paid to mainland China, where the pace of economic and social change is rapid, and older adult populations are growing.

During its initial years, the diverse faculty at both universities will focus on these four areas for innovation:

  • Asset building, social development, and old age security
  • Financial capability and decision making across the life course
  • Aging in place: Housing, community design, and transport
  • Community support of older adults: Families and social services