Active and Assisted Living

Basic Information


The Active and Assisted Living Programme (AAL Programme) is a funding activity running from 2014 to 2020, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life of older people and strengthening the industrial base in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The programme is financed by the European Commission and the 19 Countries that constitute the member states of this Programme: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. This funding activity is implemented by the AAL Association and the funding authorities of its member countries. Every year a call for proposal is being launched for research and development projects in the field of ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing. Through the funding of new projects, the AAL Programme aims to reinforce the European market for Ambient Assisted Living products and services. So far 20 projects were funded with the financial support of the first call for proposals. The specific aims of AAL Programme are to: 1. Foster the emergence of innovative ICT-based products, services and systems for ageing well at home, in the community, and at work, thus increasing the quality of life, autonomy, participation in social life, skills and employability of elderly people, and reducing the costs of health and social care. 2. Create a critical mass of research, development and innovation at EU level in technologies and services for ageing well in the information society, including the establishment of a favourable environment for participation by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). 3. Improve conditions for industrial exploitation by providing a coherent European framework for developing common approaches and facilitating the localisation and adaptation of common solutions which are compatible with varying social preferences and regulatory aspects at national or regional level across Europe.

Main research priorities of the network

-From health to wellbeing. A shift away from an exclusive focus on health and pensions to a more holistic focus on wellbeing; -From consumers/patients to participants/active citizens, recognising elderly people as capable and valuable resources, not as passive consumers or simply as burdens; - From invention to innovation, moving beyond gadgets and gizmos, and seeing how new products and services can reflect elderly people’s interests and respond to their needs. These include sustained, community-based training and support given that technological invention alone is not innovation; - From technological to social innovation, including developing and supporting intermediaries who can empower elderly people by educating them about ICT and the benefits it can bring; - From a focus on products and tools to a focus on purpose, outcomes and services; -

H2020 Societal Challenges

H2020-SC1 (Health, demographic change and wellbeing)

Research fields covered by the network

  • Health
  • Information and communication technologies

Target Groups

  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Public Research Organisations (PROs)
  • Private and Semi-private Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs)
  • SME (Small and Medium Enterprises)
  • Large Corporations
  • Other

Is connected with

Joint Calls

Joint Call Title Type Launch Date Deadline
End Date

Submitted: 0


Submitted: 94


Successful: 42

Funded: 22

Healthy Ageing with the Support of Digital Solutions one-stage 03/02/2020  

Submitted: 0


Submitted: 111


Successful: 24

Funded: 24

Sustainable Smart Solutions for Ageing well one-stage 04/02/2019  

Submitted: 0


Submitted: 83


Successful: 19

Funded: 19

AAL CALL CHALLENGE 2018 one-stage 05/02/2018  

Submitted: 0


Submitted: 73


Successful: 21

Funded: 21

AAL PACKAGES/INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS one-stage 15/02/2017   24/05/2017

Submitted: 45


Funded: 14

Call 2016 - Living well with dementia one-stage 26/02/2016   26/05/2016

Submitted: 65


Successful: 30

Funded: 15

Call 2015 – Living actively and independently at home one-stage 26/02/2015   28/05/2015

Submitted: 66


Funded: 17

Call 2014 – Care for the future one-stage 28/04/2014   26/06/2014

Submitted: 97


Funded: 20