The AAL Programme is the funding activity that aims to create better condition of life for the older adults and to strengthen the industrial opportunities in Europe through the use of information and communication technology (ICT). It carries out its mandate through the funding of across-national projects (at least three countries involved) that involves small and medium enterprises (SME), research bodies and user’s organizations (representing the older adults).
The specific aims are to:
- Foster the emergence of innovative ICT-based products, services and systems for ageing well at home, in the community, and at work, thus increasing the quality of life, autonomy, participation in social life, skills and employability of elderly people, and reducing the costs of health and social care.
- Create a critical mass of research, development and innovation at EU level in technologies and services for ageing well in the information society, including the establishment of a favourable environment for participation by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
- Improve conditions for industrial exploitation by providing a coherent European framework for developing common approaches and facilitating the localization and adaptation of common solutions which are compatible with varying social preferences and regulatory aspects at national or regional level across Europe.
What is the framework?
- Time-to-market perspective of maximum 2 to 3 years after end of the project;
- Project total budget: 1 – 7 M€;
- Maximum funding from the AAL Programme: 3 M€;
- Significant involvement of industry and other business partners, particularly SMEs are encouraged;
- Realistic trial set-up at the end of the project;
- Proactive end-user involvement throughout the life of the project;
- Defined market segment(s), use cases and target group(s) and address the wishes and needs of these specific group(s).
The concept of Ambient Assisted Living is understood as:
- to extend the time people can live in their preferred environment by increasing their autonomy, self-confidence and mobility;
- to support maintaining health and functional capability of the elderly individuals,
- to promote a better and healthier lifestyle for individuals at risk;
- to enhance the security, to prevent social isolation and to support maintaining the multifunctional network around the individual;
- to support carers, families and care organisations;
- to increase the efficiency and productivity of used resources in the ageing societies.