The original programme 2008-2013, called Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme, had a budget of EUR 700 million, half of which was public funding (split between Partner States and the European Commission). 20 Member States and 3 other countries were involved in six calls for proposals. Each project involved at least 3 Member States, one research body, one user organisation, and an SME participant. The calls covered topics like 'Prevention and Management of Chronic Conditions', 'Advancement of Independence and Participation in the Self-Serve Society' and 'ICT based solutions for Supporting Occupation in Life of Older Adults'.
Over 150 projects were funded over 6 calls, the last of which closed in Spring 2013. As the Programme came to a successful completion in December 2013 a high level expert group produced a final evaluation report that highlighted among its key achievements:
- the high participation rate of SMEs (over 40%; far higher than average in FP7 projects);
- the launch of a number of commercial products and services originating directly from the first projects; and
- the shaping of a new innovation 'ecosystem' around a dynamic AAL community of stakeholders (user organisations, care professionals, research bodies, industry and government). Around 1200 of them participate in the annual AAL Forum.
The European Commission welcomed the final evaluation report and commited to address its recommendations. In July 2013 the Commission launched a proposal for a follow-up that in May 2014 was adopted by the Council in a compromise text. The Active and Assisted Living Joint Programme will be further optimised for rapid decision-making and new types of support (like prizes and innovation grants) to further lower entrance barriers. It will support the implementation of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing by aligning to the ICT-based innovation: from independent living and integrated care (including telehealth and telecare) to fall prevention, medication adherence and age-friendly environments and communities.