EU research on human development and ageing

The number of Europeans aged over 65 is expected to nearly double from 85 million in 2008 to 151 million by 2060, and the number of those over 80 is expected to rise from 22 to 61 million in the same period.

Reducing or containing costs so that they do not become unsustainable depends partly on improving the lifelong health and well-being of all and therefore on the effective prevention, treatment and management of disease and disability.

Due to higher life expectancy the age and population structure in Europe will change. Therefore, research furthering lifelong health, active ageing and well-being for all will be a cornerstone of the successful adaptation of societies to demographic change.

Research on human development and ageing includes:

  • determining the biomarkers of ageing
  • understanding the developmental processes of long-lived organisms throughout their lives
  • studying the immune system in old age
  • establishing a roadmap on ageing research in Europe
  • increasing the participation of eldery in clinical trials
  • studying determinants of ageing and longevity and the role of environment
  • building a consensus definition of frailty

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon 2020

    Funding for health under the research and innovation framework programme, Horizon 2020. 

Collaboration and jobs

  • Find project partners

    Look for project partners and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tender opportunities portal.

  • Jobs (EURAXESS)

    Researcher jobs in related fields

Projects and results

  • EU-funded projects (CORDIS)

    Projects in the fieldsof human development and ageing on the Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects.

  • Project success stories

    Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects.

  • Horizon Results Platform

    Platform where framework programme funding recipients present their results to search, contact their owners and form partnerships.

Scientific publications, tools and databases

  • Horizon 2020 dashboard

    Interactive reporting platform, composed of a set of sheets that allows series of views to discover and filter Horizon 2020 data.

  • Scientific publications

    Scientific publications produced by the European Commission (JRC)

  • EU Open Data Portal

    Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

  • OpenAIRE

    You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE.

Contact

  • Research enquiry service

    You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.  

  • National contact points

    The national contact points (NCP) network gives guidance and information on participating in Horizon 2020. NCPs are established in all EU countries and many non-EU countries.

  • European IP Helpdesk

    Service that offers an intellectual property rights helpline, training and online library.

  • Enterprise Europe Network

    The Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. 

Related Commission departments