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Improved mobility for older people - €2 million

 

This Horizon prize for social innovation will reward the best solutions for improving the travel mobility of older people.

 

Why this Prize?

The EU’s population is ageing. There will be 75 M elderly in Europe in 2020, and 88 M in 2030. The share of people aged 65+ should increase from 17.5% in 2010 to 29.5% in 2060 in the EU-27.

This requires reconsidering existing mobility systems, which meet the needs of older people and help to combat social exclusion and support independent living especially for those with reduced mobility. Providing adequate mobility solutions for older citizens enables them to continue to fully participate in various social activities and services (cultural, educational, health, etc.), including economic life. Developing or improving related mobility solutions will also provide new opportunities e.g. for innovative small companies, transport operators, social economy start-ups or NGOs at local, regional or national level.

 

Challenge

The purpose of the contest is to develop innovative and sustainable mobility solutions for older people (65+). The prize(s) will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the applicant(s) who in the opinion of the jury demonstrate(s) a solution that best addresses the award criteria. The solutions submitted – likely to combine technological, social and behavioural features – must be implemented for several months during the contest period.

The jury will assess the work and progress made by the applicants during an implementation period of at least 5 months between the opening of the prize and the submission of the applications, based on measurable evidence that they will have to provide. Applicants will also have to demonstrate that their solution can be scaled-up and replicated in similar or even different contexts.

More detailed information on the criteria for the contest will be published at launch.

Details for the award of the prize are specified in the Rules of Contest

 

Schedule

The prize will be launched during the “Opening up to an era of social innovation” conference in Lisbon on 27-28 November 2017.

Submissions will be accepted until February 2019 (the exact deadline will be specified) and the prize will be awarded in 2019.

 

 

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