The first AAL Joint Programme has now ended and the new Active and Assisted Living Programme 2014-2020 started, with the publishing of the Call for proposals for 2015.
The topic for this year is “LIVING ACTIVELY AND INDEPENDENTLY AT HOME – Support more older adults to live longer in their homes with the contribution of ICT based solutions”.
The aim of the AAL Programme is to strengthen the industrial base in Europe by expanding the availability of products and services based on information and communication technologies (ICT) for active and healthy ageing, so to enhance the quality of life of older people and, at the same time, the sustainability of health care systems.
The expected impact is to maintain a critical mass of activity in trans-European applied research, development and innovation involving especially SMEs and users; stimulate private investment and improve conditions for industrial exploitation of these technologies, providing a framework for the development of common approaches at European level.
The total cost of the program is 700 million euro for 7 years (2014-2020) of which 25% allocated by the EU, 25% from National Funds and 50% to be paid by enterprises.
Every European country adhering to the AAL Programme finances its participants in winning projects, according to national rules.
The main goal of the call for 2015 is to improve the social participation and wellbeing of older adults, and sustain their capacity to live independently for longer at home. For this reason, the solutions proposed shall be innovative, centered on the needs of the end-users, and clearly market oriented.
The European countries participating in this call for proposals are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
Project proposals submitted should see the participation of at least 3 Member States, as the solutions should take into account the differences in national health and care systems and therefore be adaptable across Europe.
The costs of the projects are shared between private and public funding; therefore, applicants are encouraged to check the national eligibility criteria of their concern before submitting the proposal.
The notice is planned to expire on 28 May 2015, with an available total funding of 33.900.000 euro indicatively.
All the documents and tools regarding the call are published on the webpage: