Ageing is one of our major societal challenges and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is key for tackling it. The European Union actively supports and provides funding for research and innovation in ICT and ageing well.

Research on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for ageing well

The European Union, Member States and industry invested more than EUR 1 billion on research for ageing well between 2008 and 2013:

The catalogue of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme lists the 2008-2013 results of EU-funded projects focusing on this specific domain.

Horizon 2020 is the Framework Programme on Research and Innovation which replaces the previous FP7 Programme.

It has a total budget of EUR 80 billion from 2014 to 2020 and continues to work on innovation, developing new products and services for ageing well and bringing them to people all over Europe.

Horizon 2020 continues to cover Active and Assisted Living Joint Programme and the Knowledge and Innovation Community for healthy living and active ageing.

Robotics for ageing well - current research

Research in robotics for ageing well is worth more of EUR 85 million of funding under the Research and Innovation Framework Programme - Horizon 2020. The focus is on how to make robots cooperate and communicate with people and with ICT-systems in intelligent environments. These could range from smart houses with sensors for fall detection, appliances that monitor diabetes or heart failure, or communication systems to connect people with their carers, their doctors or family and friends. Only then can robots contribute to better care, and to better quality of life of people that live independently for more years.