About the partnership

What is the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA)?

The European Innovation Partnership in Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) is an initiative launched by the European Commission to foster innovation and digital transformation in the field of active and healthy ageing.

The concept of a European Innovation Partnership (an EIP) is of a partnership that can help strengthen EU research and innovation. A partnership brings together all the relevant actors at EU, national and regional levels across different policy areas to handle a specific societal challenge and involve all the innovation chain levels. The EIP on AHA was the first EIP created in 2011. It focuses on the active and healthy ageing of the people of Europe. 

Why focus on active and healthy ageing?

The European population is ageing rapidly. Yet living longer does not necessarily mean living a healthier, more active and independent life. The number of Europeans aged over 65 will double in the next 50 years, and the number of over 80 year olds will almost triple. Life expectancy will continue to increase, yet unhealthy life years make up around 20% of a person's life.

Active and healthy ageing is a societal challenge shared by all European countries, but it is also an opportunity. It is a chance for Europe to establish itself as a global leader that is capable of providing innovative solutions.

What are the EIP on AHA objectives?

The EIP on AHA aims to promote healthy and active ageing. Its overarching target is to increase the average healthy lifespan of EU citizens by 2 years by the year 2020.

It pursues a Triple Win for Europe:

  • Improving the health and quality of life of Europeans with a focus on older people;
  • Supporting the long-term sustainability and efficiency of health and social care systems;
  • Enhancing the competitiveness of EU industry through business and expansion in new markets

The EIP on AHA has, as its foundations, two main pillars: Action Groups and Reference Sites. The Blueprint, Innovation to Market (I2M) and MAFEIP are three, further, crosscutting horizontal initiatives that feed the EIP on AHA:

  • The Blueprint aims to innovate health and care in Europe. It is the follow-up of the EIP on AHA Scaling Up Strategy. It reflects the policy vision of the EIP on AHA partners. It is the channel for the EIP on AHA partners for giving and receiving policy inputs. A “back-and-forth” mechanism operates between the EC and stakeholders (policy makers and other key opinion leaders) to evolve, update and implement the Blueprint.
  • I2M targets the scale-up of digital health and care solutions in a cross-border context. This horizontal action is part of the EC strategy on Digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market.
  • MAFEIP is the Monitoring and Assessment Framework initially developed in response to the EIP on AHA specific monitoring needs. It is to be used as an impact assessment tool to support evidence-based decision-making process for all institutions and users in the health and care sector.

/eip/ageing/file/eip-aha-house_enThe EIP on AHA house

A visual image showing the EIP on AHA house and the timeline of actions up until 2020.

How to get involved in the EIP on AHA?

Register on the EIP on AHA portal

The portal is a platform for cooperation and engagement that can help you develop innovative ideas and initiatives within the EIP on AHA.

Members are invited to

All of these activities can help you build your network, develop ideas and initiatives, and make healthy and active ageing a reality.

Take action with an Action Group

The European Commission periodically launches Invitations for Commitment, that are open to all stakeholders, for the submission of projects or initiatives that support the specific actions identified in the Strategic Implementation Plan. Candidates meeting the criteria have joined a dedicated Action Group working on a Specific Action.

Invitations for Commitment were first launched in 2012, with the adoption of the Communication relating to the EIP on AHA. The second Invitation for Commitments was held in 2013. The third Invitation ran in 2016. The Action Groups are currently engaged in future planning activities for 2020. The commitment activity has led to a growth in Action Group members from some hundreds to around 3,500 today. 

What does making a Commitment involve? A Commitment is a measurable and concrete engagement, such as a project or initiative, in support of an action, or a group of actions, that helps achieve the objectives and deliverables identified in the Strategic Implementation Plan.

There is one Action Group for each specific action. Participants commit to running a number of activities that contribute towards the headline target through the development of an Action Plan. The EIP on AHA started with a large number of Action Groups. Over the years, these groups have collaborated together to focus on a core set of priority commitments for Europe. These tailored actions have ranged from integrated care to independent living and to age-friendly environments, and have included dealing with age-related difficulties such as frailty and falls

Become a Reference Site

Reference sites are regions, cities, integrated hospitals or care organisations that focus on a comprehensive, innovation-based approach to active and healthy ageing. They offer concrete examples of their positive impact on active and healthy ageing. Reference Sites demonstrate synergies between different actions, breakthrough solutions within a short time frame, and the added value of taking a holistic approach. Currently, there are 102 Reference Sites in the EIPonAHA community.

The first Call for Reference Sites took place in 2016. You can find more information about that call document here. To find out more about becoming a Reference Site or getting involved in twinning activities among Reference Sites, regional representatives should contact we4aha@funka.com.