The AAL JP is designed to foster the development of innovative ICT-based products, services and systems to meet the needs of our ageing society and contribute to sustainable health and social systems.
The first AAL JP covered the period 2008 - 2013 with 23 participating countries and the European Commission. In this period six calls for proposals are launched and circa 150 multidisciplinary international AAL projects are funded on different topics. Dutch partners are involved in 48 AAL projects.
The main objective of AAL is to improve the quality of life of older adults and enable them to live their lives independently and in their own homes, even if they have to cope with physical or mental problems. Secondly, the programme will support the European economic and industrial base. AAL solutions are based on the wishes and needs of older adults, their families/ informal carers as well as professionals. They must be involved at all stages of the programme.
Each year the AAL programme launches a call for proposals for collaborative projects. Calls are defined around different topics with specified application areas. AAL projects characteristically include different types of end users as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s). Projects have a strong business orientation with a time-to-market of two to three years after the project. Proposals are submitted at the central level by consortia of partners from at least three different countries in Europe. Each consortium must include at least one end user organisation, one business partner and one SME. Communication in AAL JP is in English. AAL project partners are funded by their national funding agencies.
To support the projects and enhance the programme, several support actions are initiated in the AAL JP varying from developing guidelines & toolboxes for end user integration and providing training & coaching activities for SME’s to studies e.g. for portals in the AAL area or a market observatory
AAL 2008-2013 is a Joint Programme involving 22 partner states and the EC (Article 185 TEC)..
Each partner state contributes with a national budget, topped up by the European Commission. The total AAL budget 2008-2013 is approximately € 100 million a year (€600 mln. In total). At programme level, the partner states invest 25 - 35%, the European Commission 20-25% and the remaining 40-50% is coming from investments by the participating organisations and companies. In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, dpt. Long Term Care, contributed € 1.9 mln. per year to AAL.