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Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme objectives and participation rules. Peter Wintlev-Jensen European Commission DG INFSO H3 NCP Information Day 10/4/2008, Brussels. Presentation contents. AAL Joint Programme description and objectives General info Overall and specific objectives

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ambient assisted living joint programme objectives and participation rules

Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme objectives and participation rules

Peter Wintlev-Jensen

European Commission


NCP Information Day 10/4/2008, Brussels

presentation contents
Presentation contents
  • AAL Joint Programme description and objectives
    • General info
    • Overall and specific objectives
    • AAL Partner States
    • Thematic areas, needs and opportunities
  • AAL Joint Programme in practice
    • Participation rules
    • 1st call for proposals – preliminary information
ict ageing social necessity and economic opportunity
ICT & Ageing: Social Necessity and Economic Opportunity
  • 80+ population: doubles until 2050
  • 60+ population: from 20% in 1995 to 25% in 2020
  • 50+ population: 21% has severe vision/hearing/dexterity problems
  • Today 4 working for 1 retired, in 2050 only 2 working for 1 retired
  • Cost of pensions/health/long-term care: up by 4-8 % of GDP (2025)
  • Shortfall of care staff

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  • Wealth and revenues in Europe of persons over 65 is over 3000 B€
  • Smart homes market will triple between 2005 and 2020
  • Early patient discharge by tele-health: reduced cost of 1,5 B€ p.a. (DE)
  • Tele-care technology at home: Empowerment of elderly and efficiency gains of 25% (UK)
ict in support of older people
ICT in support of older people…
  • At Work
    • Staying active and productive for longer
    • Better quality of work and work-life balance
  • In the Community
    • Overcoming isolation & loneliness
    • Keeping up social networks
    • Accessing public services
  • At Home
    • Better quality of life for longer
    • Independence, autonomy and dignity
why aal joint programme
Why AAL Joint Programme ?
  • Mobilising critical mass of R&D for higher impact
    • Leveraging national, EC and industrial investments
    • Joining multiple national funding streams with multi-annual commitments
  • Complement FP7 longer-term R&D with applied R&D
    • Promoting interoperable solutions
    • Innovation value chains across borders
    • International cooperation of SMEs using national rules of participation
    • European knowledge linked to local innovation
  • Improving Coordination of National Research
    • Demographic change facing most countries in Europe and beyond
    • Removing fragmentation of existing National ICT and Ageing R&D funding activities and strategies
    • Innovate with new strategic R&D approach across EC and Member States
ambient assisted living joint programme
Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme
  • New European funding programme
    • 2008 – 2013, total scope ~600 M€ of which 50% public funding, 50% private funding
    • Member state driven programme, 20 Member States, 3 States Associated to FP7
    • EC participation based on article 169 of the EC treaty (25 M€ / year), complements longer term research – 400 M€ in 7th Framework Programme
  • Implementation by AAL Association and the national programme agencies
    • Organization of 1-2 calls for proposals per year
    • Common Workprogramme, Central evaluation process
    • National funding contract based on national rules
    • European and national activities; brokerage and partnering events, results dissemination, conferences
positioning aal in the european context




Positioning AAL in the European Context

Technology Risk

Research and Development



  • large scale trials (Using existing technology)
  • service and organisational re-engineering
  • business case development, ...
  • longer-term research (5-10 year time to market)
  • integration of new ICT & new ideas,
  • open platforms and interoperability;
  • market oriented research and development (2-3 year time-to-market)
  • cost-effectiveness,
  • adaptation to specific demands, ….


Time to Market

overall objective
Overall objective…

“The overall objective of the AAL joint programme is to enhance the quality of life of older people and strengthen the industrial base in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).”

  • Quality of life of elderly people
  • Strengthening the industrial base in Europe
  • Use of ICT
specific aims
Specific aims…

“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”

  • New ICT-based products, systems and services for ageing well
  • At home, in the community, at work
specific aims1
Specific aims…

“Create 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);”

  • Boost R&D&I activities at EU level
  • Implementation that improves SME participation
specific aims2
Specific aims…

“Improve conditions for industrial exploitation by providing a coherent European framework for developing common approaches and facilitating the localisation and adaptation of common solutions which are compatible with varying social preferences and regulatory aspects at national or regional level across Europe.”

  • Improve industrial exploitation
  • Ensure compatibility with different European regions, cultures and regulatory framework
indicative commitments april 2008
Indicative Commitments April 2008

* Subject to final confirmation

needs and opportunities
Needs and opportunities

Business concepts, value chains, value capturing, standardisation


Intelligent mass products

Customized services

Intelligent processes

Public-private partnerships, living labs, evidence creation, best practices

Integration of user needs into the development processes


Ageing population

Increasing costs of social and health care

Reducing workforce

Improve quality of life for all


Maintaining health & functional capability

Preserving independence & dignity

Participation into society & social networks

Feeling secure

New concepts with evidence on effectiveness and economical sustainability

Personalized products and services, empowered individual

Customer centric, accessible, effective and sustainable services

aal joint programme in practice
AAL Joint Programme in practice
  • Description of the programme activities for 2008 will be published as a Work Programme and calls for proposals
    • Thematic scope and focus
    • Total budget and the detailed available funding in each AAL partner state (by the national agencies or ministries)
    • Timing of the calls for proposals and detailed instructions on how to apply
    • European programme activities (conferences, workshops, partnering events etc.)
  • National activities in each AAL partner state are implemented by the national agencies
    • AAL National Contact Points (NCP)
  • Centralized submission of proposals, evaluation and project selection
    • Programme funds collaborative projects and accompanying measures
    • Pre-commercial research, development and innovation activities with time to market about 2-3 years
    • Solution driven programme: user needs, business opportunities, societal challenges
general participation rules
General participation rules
  • Centralized electronic submission of proposals, evaluation and project selection
    • Complete electronic submission in time, in English
    • Eligibility of an individual partner for funding depends on the national eligibility rules – will be published in the Work Programme
    • Evaluation by independent European experts
    • Evaluation criteria are published in the Work Programme
  • Collaborative projects
    • At least 3 independent legal entities, from at least three different AAL Partner States involved in a the specific call for proposals.
    • The partners form a project consortium, one partner acts as the coordinator
    • Selected projects will need to make a consortium agreement
  • Accompanying measures
    • At least 3 independent legal entities, from at least three different AAL Partner States involved in a the specific call for proposals.
funding decisions for the selected aal projects
Funding decisions for the selected AAL projects
  • Partners in successful project proposals will have the grant agreement with their national Programme Management Agency
    • Funding levels, conditions, reporting, eligible costs, audit etc. according to the national rules
    • Required complementary information to be submitted to the national agency (e.g. financial information)
    • Financial viability check by the national agency
    • No evaluation of the contents of the proposal at the national agency
    • Common project description/consortium agreement
    • Streamlined process ensuring a common start date
1st aal call for proposals opens april 2008
1st AAL call for proposals – opens April / 2008
  • Prevention and management of chronic conditions for Elderly People
    • ICT Solutions for elderly persons with identified risk factors and/or chronic conditions
    • Aiming at ICT solutions centred on the elderly person (not the professional or an organization), including citizen empowerment and peer support
    • Focused but not restricted to home environment, also solutions within the community and when travelling can be proposed
    • Focusing on ICT solutions that keep the individual out of the long-term care institutions and hospitals.
    • Objective is to enhance the individual’s autonomy, independence and quality of life, while increasing cost-efficiency of care
  • Collaborative projects


considerations for proposers
Considerations for proposers
  • Where is the focus of AAL Joint Programme?
    • Prevention and management of chronic conditions is 20% medicine, 80% other
    • Barriers for deployment are in practicality, cost, acceptance and suitability into real-life environment
    • There are lacking business models and value chains
    • Integration of services from different providers, technologies and information systems is incomplete
    • The European societies need evidence on the effectiveness to health and impact on sustainability of services
  • How will time-to-market of 2-3 years be reflected in the proposal?
    • Consortium composition
    • Type of activities
    • Market existence
    • Adaptation of ICT solutions


what makes a good aal project
What makes a good AAL project?
  • Close to market approach – activities with a “centre of gravity” on development
  • Integrates users and user needs in the development
  • Includes value chain and business analysis
  • Results in products, solutions or service concepts that can be applied widely in Europe
  • Uses ICT to solve real life challenges and to enable new and innovative applications or service concepts
  • Indicative upper limit for funding / project
    • Up to 3 M€ in collaborative projects


evaluation criteria
Evaluation Criteria
  • Relevance(3/4)
    • Addressing objectives and scope of the call
  • Project quality (3/4)
    • Innovation beyond state of the art (Time to market 2-3 years)
    • Methodology and organization of activities
    • Proactive user involvement throughout the project
  • Consortium quality (3/4)
    • European added value of cooperation
    • Actors of the value chain involved
    • Proactive role of small and medium sized enterprises
    • Necessary resources to achieve the goals
  • Impact (3/4) (weight 2)
    • New and innovative solutions to specific end user needs
    • Responding to attractive and high potential market at EU level
    • Scientific & technical impact beyond state of the art
  • Scores from 1 to 4


aal joint programme status and next steps
AAL Joint Programme – Status and Next Steps
  • Strong support, 23 countries committed, >200 M€ + 150 M€ (EU) until 2013
  • Launch of first call for proposals expected for April 2008
    • Partnering events already ongoing
  • Formal adoption by Council and Parliament in June 2008
    • Commissions contribution to first call budget
  • Presentation of AAL WP 2009 at ICT 2008 event November 2008 in Lyon
  • Launch of first projects – end of 2008
more information

More Information

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