AAL is a programme that aims to create better conditions of life for the elders and to strengthen the industrial opportunities in Europe using information and communication technology (ICT). The overall objective is 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. The programme is targeting SME’s, research institutions and user organisations.
Total budget of an AAL project is between €1-7m with a maximum funding of up to €3m. Significant involvement of industry and other business partners, particularly SMEs are encouraged. The effort of industry and other business partners in each project is expected to be 50% or more (in person months). Danish SMEs can receive funding of up to 50% of project costs (funding ceiling of €450,000 per Danish project). Research institutions, Approved Technological Service Institutes and public user organisations have a funding rate of up to 75%. Funding primarily covers salaries associated with project activities, travel expenses, payments of potential subcontractors, as well as dissemination and knowledge-proliferation. Calls will be announced at the ALL website and projects with direct relevance to the specific call can apply.
Under the AAL Programme, both, central and national eligibility criteria are applied. Consortium composition of at least three independent eligible organisations (legal entities), from at least three different AAL Partner States participating in the project. Furthermore, a consortium must include at least one eligible business partner, one eligible SME partner, which can be the business partner and finally one eligible end-user organisation. The partnership shall consist of 3 – 10 partners and project duration shall be between 12-36 months. A specific condition for Danish consortia is that at least one Danish SME is participating in the project.
Each project will be assigned to a panel of independent experts that will evaluate the project according to the following:
- Excellence: criterion Relevance and Scope.
- Impact: criteria potential impact of the proposed solution on quality of life and potential. Impact of the proposed solution on market development.
- Quality and efficiency of the implementation: criteria quality of the proposed solution and the work plan and quality of the consortium and project management.
The programme is aimed at projects, with a commercialisation perspective of 2-3 years post project. Therefore the programme is ideal for SME’s with an international market strategy and the intention to develop and test the applicability of innovative ideas in collaboration with European companies, knowledge institutions and user organisations, be aware that time-to-market can be 4-5 year from project initiation.
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Nordic Innovators has considerable experience in developing AAL proposals and can assist within all aspects of the application process. Please contact Kenneth Junge Hermansen on +45 3120 5538 or write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org