The European Commission will finance with €600,000 companies that favor ‘active ageing’ through IoT technology from its ACTIVAGE Project
- From July 31 to October 31, SMEs, start-ups and Mid-Caps can register their candidatures on the project website.
- The ‘Open Call’ has a financing of €600,000 that will be distributed among the 10 best proposals presented.
- 5 Spanish organizations participate in the ACTIVAGE consortium, with Medtronic Ibérica being in charge of coordinating the project and its ‘Open Call’.
Madrid, July 31, 2018 – Today begins the ‘Open Call’ of ACTIVAGE, a project framed in the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission. Through this initiative, 600,000€ will be distributed among the 10 best projects presented. The goal of the ‘Open Call’ is to implement mature solutions based on the Internet of Things (IoT), in the services on active and healthy aging that the project already offers, in order to increase its value.
This public call, whose period of submission of proposals will cover from July 31 to October 31, is focused on involving SMEs, start-ups and Mid-Caps, so that they can offer their technologies and products to users involved in the project and benefit from the ACTIVAGE ecosystem. These grants in the form of financing will allow the winners to validate their developments in real environments through projects with a duration of 12 months that will start in January 2019.
The European Commission has warned about the rapid aging of the population and defines it as one of the main challenges that the continent will pose in order to conserve its welfare state. A progressive inversion of the demographic pyramid will require a rethinking of health and social assistance systems, but at the same time it will need a greater development of technologies that favor a higher quality of life for our elderly.
Considering this framework, the ACTIVAGE Project, launched in January 2017, aims to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the ‘Internet of Things’ and digital development to create new forms of assistance and follow-up for the elderly, fostering a control and security environment for the elderly and their families. This ambitious digitalization plan for Europe, its companies and public services, has the participation of 49 organizations from different European countries and from very diverse sectors. 22% are industrial, to which we must add 14 research institutes or leading universities, 11 large multinationals and 15 SMEs focused on innovation projects.
In addition, this large-scale experience will involve more than 10,000 users, including elderly and caregivers (formal and informal) in seven different countries of the European Union: Spain (with pilots in Madrid, Galicia and Valencia) Italy (Regione Emilia-Romagna), Greece (Attica, Central Greece and Macedonia), France (Grenoble), Germany (WoQuaz, Hesse region), United Kingdom (Leeds) and Finland (Espoo, Tampere and Turku).
From today you can find all the information and documentation necessary to present your proposal at: