As part of the work-programme, the AAL Programme intends to launch a new Challenge-led Call for Proposals in February 2018: “Smart Solutions for Ageing well".
The aim of this call is to support innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects. The AAL Call 2018 has the following key features that differ from previous AAL calls:
- AAL Call 2018 is open to collaborative projects developing ICT-based solutions targeting any application area(s) within the AAL domain, with a focus on specified markets.
- AAL Call 2018 allows for more flexibility regarding the scope, size and duration of the proposed projects (including small collaborative projects – please see below).
- "Collaborative projects" (carried out by consortia composed by at least 3 organisations from 3 different countries including an end user organisation and a business partner) will still be funded through this call.
And for new type of projects as well
The big news of the Call 2018 is the inauguration of a new and agiler approach to innovation: the Small Collaborative projects.
Small collaborative projects have a duration of 6 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.
Not all national agencies will fund small collaborative projects. As of November 2017, the following Funding Authorities have indicated they will fund small collaborative projects:
- Belgium – Innoviris
- Belgium – VLAIO
- Spain (Biscay province)
Be reminded that the final call is intended to be published at the beginning of February, so keep tuned on the AAL website and social media to be among the first ones to apply.