The first AAL Joint Programme has now ended and the new Active and Assisted Living Programme 2014-2020 has commenced, with calls under this taking a more challenge-led approach. This new approach enables innovative solutions to be openly identified in response to and seeing the societal and economic challenges as drivers of innovation.
The aim of the AAL Programme is to provide innovative ICT-based solutions including products, systems or services using applied research and development activities, to enhance older adults’ quality of life and to strengthen the industrial base in Europe.
The main goal is improving the autonomy, participation in social life, skills, and employability of older adults. Solutions funded under the AAL Programme shall address identified wishes and needs of the end-users5, and should be transnational, collaborative and cost-shared between private and public funding. AAL projects should aim at introducing their solution to the market within a maximum of 2-3 years after finalisation of the project.
Project proposals submitted for funding to the AAL Programme shall have a European dimension (i.e. involving at least 3 Member States the proposed project cannot be accomplished in equal quality on an individual national level and should take in account differences in regions, cultures and in national health and care systems) and solutions should be adaptable across Europe.
Funds for the UK are distributed via the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), which is also the National Contact Point for the UK. Each country has its own rules for the implementation of AAL grants. The TSB’s AAL website can be found here. We would strongly advise interested applicants to consult the National Contact Point and the NHS European Office before proceeding with submitting and application.
The 2015 calls for proposals have now closed.