2019 AAL (Active and Assisted Living) Call Challenge Announced


The 2019 AAL Call Challenge is 'Sustainable Smart Solutions for Ageing Well'.

The aim of the Call is to support innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects. The Call is open to collaborative projects developing ICT-based solutions targeting any application areas within the AAL domain; however, the solutions must be embedded into the strategies of the participating end-user organisations, service providers and business partners. The AAL domains include solutions for Active Living (such as in work and training, for vitality and abilities, in leisure and culture, for information and communication) as well as for Assisted Living (such as in health and care, living and building, mobility and transport, safety and security).

Proposed solutions, therefore, need to tackle two different market segments:

  • Private consumer markets - covering aspects such as wellbeing, lifestyle, independence, work, fun and comfort.
  • Regulated markets - covering aspects such as health and care, social care, and housing. In these markets the buyers are expected to be mainly secondary or tertiary end-user groups (such as care organisations or municipalities) who provide the solutions as part of a more complex service offer.

As with the 2018 Call, this Call allows for more flexibility regarding the scope, size and duration of the proposed projects, including small collaborative projects.

Collaborative project proposals must demonstrate a clear route to market and added-value for the different types of end-users. The wishes and aspirations of older adults in combination with the demands from the other stakeholders involved - such as providers and payers - will have a critical role in shaping useful and attractive AAL solutions with a high market potential.

Collaborative projects must be carried out by consortia composed of at least three organisations from three different countries participating in the Call and must include an end user organisation and a business partner. It has not yet been confirmed which countries will be participating in the Call.

Small Collaborative Projects (with a shorter duration of 9 months and smaller maximum budget of €300,000) will also be funded through this Call. However, not all funding agencies will fund small collaborative projects. The following is a tentative list of Funding Authorities that might fund Small Collaborative Projects in Call 2019:

  • Austria
  • Belgium - Innoviris
  • Belgium - VLAIO
  • Denmark
  • Italy (Ministry of health)
  • Italy (Friuli Venezia Giulia Region)
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Spain (ISCII)
  • Spain (Biscay province)

The main objective of Small Collaborative Projects is the exploration of new ideas, concepts and approaches for ICT-based solutions for older adults. Projects should reach out to new stakeholders for inclusion in the future development of AAL solutions, build strong collaborations with end user organisations, support community building with new customers and create shared agendas.

The final Call information will be published with the launch of the Call at the beginning of February 2019. The deadline for submission of project proposals will be the end of May 2019.