How do we get European research results out of the lab? A new project called HAIVISIO will help EU-funded eHealth and active and healthy ageing projects to set a common strategy for jointly disseminating their results. The project will organise events and training courses and facilitate an online community. The European Commission has granted 399,000 euros for this.
Over the years a remarkable number of results have been generated by EU-funded research and innovation projects in the domains of eHealth, active and healthy ageing and independent living.
It has been identified however that a large number of those results did not reach either the exploitation aims or the business impact that were initially envisaged.
More knowledge sharing needed
"We frequently find a lack of communication and knowledge sharing among projects dealing with similar problems", says Blanca Jordán, director of the eHealth Sector in Atos and Project Manager of HAIVISIO. "We see a lack of awareness and effective dialogue between stakeholders involved, and a slow uptake of technological innovation due to a lack of appropriate visibility and practical applicability of quality and potential of project results."
HAIVISIO will coordinate communication activities, facilitate specific events and synergies in order to increase the number of collaboration cases and to significantly enhance visibility and awareness on the results generated from eHealth, active ageing and independent living projects.
HAIVISIO is coordinated by Atos Spain, a large information technology services company with more than 10 years of experience in R&D projects. Four other organisations in the HAIVISIO consortium have a very high expertise in their domains and some are considered leading players in their roles:
- AGE Platform Europe is a European network of 167 organisations of and for people aged 50+ which aims to voice and promote the interests of the 150 million senior citizens in the European Union and to raise awareness on the issues that concern them most.
- VILABS is a Greek SME that provides consultancy services for entrepreneurs and inventors to innovate, specialised in eHealth/Active Ageing projects.
- HIM is an SME specialised in ICT solutions for the monitoring and the social inclusion of frail individuals.
- The Netwell Centre is an Irish research institution within the School of Health and Science at the Institute of Technology focused ageing, health, technology and the environment. Netwell is at the heart of a living lab for "enhancing longer living in smarter places" formed within an eco-system of public and private sector partners.
Bridging the gap
The HAIVISIO project will help bridge the gap between research results and the provision of services to older citizens in the EU. "HAIVISIO will contribute with recommendations to national and EU policies and give support to relevant active projects", concludes Ms Jordán.
The project has kicked off in November 2013 and will last for two years. The HAIVISIO experts are planning a series of events – coming soon – as well as an online community and collaboration environment that will be available the first week of January.