The AAL Programme launched its 2019 call for project proposals under the theme of “Sustainable Smart Solutions for Ageing Well”. The aim of the Programme is to provide funding for innovative ICT-based solutions including products, systems or services. These solutions aim to enhance older adults’ quality of life, to improve the long-term sustainability of health and long-term care systems, and to strengthen the industrial base in Europe and internationally. The main goal is to improve the autonomy, participation in social life, skills, and employability of older adults.
The AAL Call 2019 is open to developing ICT-based solutions targeting any application area(s) within the AAL domain (providing solutions for active living, such as in work & training, for vitality & abilities, in leisure & culture, for information & communication, as well as for assisted living, such as in health & care, living & building, mobility & transport, safety & security). The solutions need to be embedded in the strategies of the participating end-user organisations, service providers and business partners. The 2019 Call allows for more flexibility regarding the scope, size and duration of the proposed projects (including small collaborative projects).
Collaborative project proposals must demonstrate a clear route to market and added-value for the different types of end-users. The wishes and aspirations of older adults in combination with the demands from the other stakeholders involved – e.g. providers and payers – will have a critical role in shaping useful and attractive AAL solutions with a high market potential.
The Call will fund both “Collaborative Projects” and “Small Collaborative Projects”:
- Collaborative Projects aim at developing and bringing to market ICT solutions in the AAL domain. Proposals in AAL Call 2019 are expected to be user-driven through co-creation and address a specified challenge. The call stresses a strong involvement of end users – especially secondary and tertiary – and other relevant stakeholders in the shaping of solutions and in creating respective markets. Furthermore, the route to market needs to be clearly described and aligned with the business strategies of the partners responsible for commercialisation. The proposed solutions need to respond to different requirements, depending on the type of market. Collaborative Projects (carried out by consortia composed of at least 3 organizations from 3 different countries including an end user organization and a business partner) will remain the main funding tool for this call. This type of projects has a duration of 18 to 36 months with a maximum funding of €2.500.000.
- Small Collaborative Projects have a duration of minimum 6 months and maximum 9 months, a maximum co-funding budget of €300.000 and leaner application and reporting procedures. The main objective of the small collaborative projects is the exploration of new ideas, concepts and approaches for ICT-based solutions for older adults. They should reach out to new stakeholders for inclusion in (future) development of AAL solutions, build strong collaborations with end-user organisations, support community building with new customers and create shared agendas. Small Collaborative Projects have a duration of 6 months, the same central eligibility criteria as the Collaborative projects, a maximum co-funding budget of €300.000 and leaner application and reporting procedures.
Read the full call text here.
Deadline for submission is 24 May 2019 at 17h00 CET.
Submission page is available here.
Presentations that were made at the Info Day re. the Call 2019 that was held in Brussels on January 31st, 2019 can still be found here. This includes general information about the call as well as several project idea pitches!