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 a pilot initiative launched by the European Commission to foster innovation in the field of active and healthy ageing.

The concept of European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) is a new approach to EU research and innovation. It brings together all relevant actors at EU, national and regional levels across different policy areas to handle with specific societal challenges and involves all the innovation chain levels. The EIP in the field of Active and Healthy Ageing was the first EIP created in 2011.


Why focus on ageing?

The European population is ageing rapidly, but living longer does not necessarily mean living healthier, more active and independent life. The number of Europeans over 65 will double in the next 50 years, and the number of over 80's 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 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?

In this context, 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.


How to get involved in the EIP on AHA?

Register on the EIP on AHA portal

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

Members are invited to upload initiatives, events and documents, which will be validated by the website moderator. Newsworthy items are submitted to the news feed by the moderator, so if you have any relevant news, innovative practices, or recent project achievements that you would like to be highlighted on the news feed, please send an email!

All of these activities can help you 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, 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 (explained here), have been invited to join an Action Group dedicated to working on a Specific Action.

The Invitations for Commitment were first launched from the 29th of February to the 3rd of June 2012, upon the adoption of the Communication. The second Invitation for Commitments closed on the 28th February 2013.

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 help achieve the objectives and deliverables identified in the Strategic Implementation Plan.

There is one Action Group for each specific action, and participants commit to running a number of activities contributing towards the headline target through the development of an Action Plan.


Become a Reference site

Reference sites are coalitions of regions, cities, integrated hospitals or care organisations that aim to provide a comprehensive, innovation-based approach to active and healthy ageing - and that provide concrete examples of their positive impact. Reference sites demonstrate synergies between different actions, breakthrough solutions within a short time frame, as well as the added value of a holistic approach.

The 2016 Call for Reference Sites closed on 15 April 2016. You can find more information about the closed call document here.To find out more about getting involved in twinning, regional representatives should contact EC-AHA-RS@ec.europa.eu indicating their expertise and needs in knowledge transfer. For more background information about the Partnership, including documents, past meetings and workshops, please go to the Innovation Union website.