Pre-announcement of AAL Call Challenge 2020

AAL Call 2020 is part of the Active & Assisted Living Programme (AAL Programme) that was approved in May 2014 by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. As part of the work programme, the AAL Programme intends to launch a new Challenge-led Call for Proposals in February 2020: “Healthy Ageing through Digital Solutions and Ecosystems”.

The aim of the Call is to support innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects. Call 2020 is characterised by the following approach:

1. The AAL Call 2020 is promoting a life course approach to health and well-being and is open to developing new ICT products, associated services and their final implementation, targeting any application area(s) within the AAL domain. In addition to focus on older adults, proposals should consider the applicability of the proposed solutions to other population groups where applicable, for example, the  transition phase from a working life to retirement age. The proposed solutions need to be embedded into the strategies of the participating end-user organisations, service providers and business partners.

2. The AAL Call 2020 allows for flexibility regarding the scope, size and duration of the proposed projects (including Small Collaborative Projects). The wishes and needs of the involved end-users in combination with the demands from the other stakeholders involved – i.e providers and payers – will have a critical role in shaping useful and attractive AAL solutions with a high market potential as well as in fostering and strengthening ecosystems supporting healthy ageing. Both “Collaborative Projects” and “Small Collaborative Projects” will still be funded through this Call.

Collaborative Projects

Main features and objectives

Collaborative Projects aim at developing and bringing to market ICT solutions in the AAL domain. Proposals in AAL Call 2020 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.

Small Collaborative Projects

Main features and objectives

This type of instrument will be available in the 2020 Call. Small collaborative projects have a duration of 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.

Please note:

Final Call information is intended to be published with the launch of the Call on the AAL website at the beginning of February 2020, the deadline for submitting a project proposal being end of May 2020. Info days are expected to take place by the time of the Call opening, potential applicants are invited to register to the AAL Programme newsletter (click here) or to monitor the Programme website.

Not all funding agencies will fund small collaborative projects. The Funding Authorities mentioned below might fund Small Collaborative Projects in Call 2020 (tentative list):

  • Austria
  • Belgium (VLAIO)
  • Denmark
  • Italy (Ministry of Health)
  • Italy (Friuli Venezia Giulia Region)
  • the Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Spain (ISCII)

Download below the full text of the pre-announcement


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