This programme aims to enhance the quality of life of older people by supporting industry, and in particular SMEs, to bring innovative digital products and services to the European market which helps people to age well.
Maximum value: £2,230,000 (€ 2,500,000)
Objectives of Fund
The AAL Programme is a close to market innovation programme, in which many different national funding streams are joined up (such as research innovation, health and industry funding programmes). It is aimed at enhancing the quality of life of older people through the use of new information and communication technologies.
Its overall objectives are to:
- Enhance the availability of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based products and services for active and healthy ageing, to improve the quality of life for elderly and their carers and help increase the sustainability of care systems.
- Maintain a critical mass of trans-European applied research, development and innovation for ICT based products and services for ageing well, in particular involving SMEs and users.
- Leverage private investments and improve conditions for industrial exploitation by providing a coherent framework for developing European approaches and solutions including common minimum standards that meets varying national and regional social preferences and regulatory aspects.
A total of €350 million is available under this programme – €175 million from the EU (Horizon 2020 ) and €175 million from Member States.
The total project budget should be between €1 million to €5 million. A maximum of €2.5 million is available from the AAL.
Who Can Apply
Universities, research organisations, SMEs, large enterprises and user organisations, as well as other organisations, are eligible to take part – however, national funding rules are applied and eligibility may vary between countries and between Calls.
The Programme particularly targets small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and user organisations not usually participating in EU research and innovation activities.
Each Partner State of the AAL JP has specific eligibility criteria that are published with the Calls for proposals.
At EU level, it is likely that consortia of between three and 10 partners will be eligible, with consortium composed of at least three independent organisations from at least three different AAL participating states, including:
- One eligible business partner
- One eligible SME partner (which can be the business partner)
- One eligible end-user organisation
The participating states are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and Switzerland.
Support is available for innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects with a clear market orientation for the proposed challenge. A new Challenge is announced each year.
How To Apply
The 2021 Challenge Call is expected to be launched mid-December 2020.
Applications are made in response to Calls for Proposals.
Applicants are requested to register in the AAL proposal submission website
It is recommended that applicants register with the website at least one month before the Call deadline.