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European Commission Directorate General

Active Ageing and Independent Living

Active Ageing and Independent Living

Goal

The EU addresses the challenges of demographic ageing. This brings along some opportunities for the ICT based innovation for ageing well, which has been deployed to achieve a triple win: better quality of life for older people and their carers, more sustainable systems for health and social care, and new market opportunities and growth for European industry, in particular SMEs.

Action

To allow people to age healthily, actively and independently with support of ICT based innovation. We will support research, innovation and large scale deployment in active ageing and independent living products and services through novel ICT concepts and proven solutions.

Situation

Demographic ageing heavily impacts society and economy and the EU is still not well prepared for this. The ratio of working people versus inactive people is expected to rise from 63% to 95%."[1]  By 2020, it is projected that we will face a shortage of up to 2 million jobs in care and health.[2] Total EU public spending on pensions, healthcare, long-term care, and education will increase by around 20% between 2010 and 2060[3], while expenditures for long-term care will double between 2012 and 2060.Many ICT-enabled products and services have been and are being developed and piloted, but large scale uptake at EU level remains a problem for three reasons:

  • insufficient large scale evidence that it actually works and that it pays off;
  • patients, carers and health professionals are slow in adopting technological innovations and integrating them into the systems for health and social care;
  • a fragmented EU market because of diverging regulation, mostly still focussed on traditional treatment and medication and not yet 'fit'  for ICT-enhanced products and services.

[1]  Source, p 56 of The 2012 Ageing Report; Economic and budgetary projections for the 27 EU Member States (2010-2060) [European Economy 2|2012 (provisional version).] Http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/publications/european_economy/2012/pdf/ee-2012-2_en.pdf[2]  European Commission’s preliminary own estimates based on EUROSTAT and OECD data[3]  The 2012 Ageing Report; Economic and budgetary projections for the 27 EU Member States (2010-2060) [European Economy 2|2012 (provisional version).] Http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/publications/european_economy/2012/pdf/ee-2012-2_en.pdf 

Input

Full-Time Equivalent: 
People: 
14.00 full-time equivalent (FTE)

Collaboration with other DGs or agencies:

Budget: 
We envisage under the Horizon 2020 programme a spending of the order of € 131 Million for the years 2014-15. These are indicative figures to be confirmed by the budgetary process by the end of 2013.
Digital Social Platforms (Unit H.2)
Outputs

Research Projects

60 new strategic multi-disciplinary R&D projects by 2015, in addition to current ones

Timeframe: 2015

Indicators

120

Innovation and deployment support projects on active and healthy ageing

Target 13 pilot project lead by CIP ICT PSP and H2020(2015)

Research excellence for active and healthy ageing

Target Ranking in citation index(2014 - 2015)

AAL JP2 innovation projects

40 new projects launched in 2015, in addition to current ones

Timeframe: 2015

Indicators

123

Number of new strategic multi-disciplinary R&D projects by 2015, in addition to current ones

Baseline > 120 (2013)
Target > 60(2015)

European Innovation plan on Active and Healthy Ageing

Implementation of 6 EIP AHA Action Plans and delivery on their targets by 6 Action Groups on medication adherence, falls prevention, frailty and malnutrition, integrated care, independent living and age-friendly environments and communities

Timeframe: 2014 and 2015

Indicators

124

Public procurements of ICT based solutions for ageing well

Target to be developed(2015)
Results/Impacts

Research Excellence, user participation and Market Dynamics in ICT for ageing well

  • Longer Term R&D - Research excellence
  • Applied R&D: Participation of user organisations and of industry in leading role in projects, delivering protitypes with demonstrated impact.
  • Innovation: working prototypes with demonstrated impact in ICT based products and solutions
  • Deployment and uptake: public procurements, market growth and dynamics in ICT enabled technologies for ageing well

Timeframe: 2015

Indicators

607

New pilot projects on active ageing, in addition to current ones

Target 13 (by 2015)

New Ambient Assisted Living innovation projects

Target 40(2015)

Applied R&D for ageing well - participation of users, industry and SMEs

Target 10% of users organisations and 20% industry in leading rol in projects(By 2015)

Working prototypes with demonstrated potential impact for ageing well (lead indicator)

Target 40%(by 2015)

Leverage R&D and Innovation funding (lead indicator)

Target (to be specified based on AAL Market Observatory – in progress) (by 2015)

Market dynamics in ICT enabled technologies for ageing well

Target number of IPO's, market size, turnover(2015)

Link to DG CONNECT's Top Level Targets

  • Europe 2020 - 75% of the population aged 20-64 should be employed Europe 2020
  • Europe 2020 - 3% of the EU's GDP should be invested in R&D, complemented by a future EU 2020 Headline Innovation Indicator
  • EIP AHA - Increase healthy life for everyone in Europe by an average of two years
  • H2020 - By 2020, one third of all Europe's ICT business investment in ICT R&D in the EU should come from companies created within the last two decades