Demographic developments are leading to a greater need for products and services specially adapted to the needs of elderly people. In the European AAL funding programme supports research into innovative and marketable technological solutions which allow older people to maintain the standard of living they are used to and continue living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
An important feature of AAL projects is the short time it takes for a product or service to appear on the market; this usually takes just two or three years following project completion.
AAL is a joint programme with the EU and is based on Article 185 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The AAL member states provide national funding to finance projects and the European Commission provides additional money from the Horizon 2020 budget. The planned total budget for 2014 to 2020 is about EUR 600 million.
The annual project calls are aimed at businesses, higher education institutions and organisations which represent the interests of the elderly (e.g. care organisations, foundations or public institutions). All potential applicants are advised to contact their national AAL representative.