Ageing is one of our major societal challenges and ICT is key for tackling it. The EU actively supports and provides funding for research and innovation in ICT and ageing well.

Research on ICT for ageing well

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

For full details on current research, see the EU-funded projects on ageing and the 2008-2013 catalogue of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme.

Horizon 2020 is the new Framework Programme on Research and Innovation (watch the presentation video). It has a total budget of € 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 covers also the new 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 85 million euro of funding under the new 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.

20 March 2014
Last update: 
9 May 2017
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