EUREKA is a publicly-funded, intergovernmental network, involving over 40 countries aimed at ensuring European competitiveness by fostering innovation-driven entrepreneurship in Europe, between small and large industry, research institutes and universities.

With this strong market orientation, EUREKA complements the EU’s programmes of strategic research by encouraging collaboration between organisations across Europe.

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Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by research and development-performing SMEs. The programme support the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services.

It is an ideal first step in international cooperation, enabling you to combine and share expertise and benefit from working beyond national borders.

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Active and Assisted Living (AAL)

The objective of the joint research programme Active and Assisted Living (AAL) is to enhance the quality of life of elderly people through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). The aim is also to strengthen the industrial base in Europe through the use of ICT, and to introduce solutions developed in AAL projects to the market within two to three years after the project end.

Active and Assisted Living helps:

  • to extend the time people can live in their preferred environment by increasing their autonomy, self-confidence and mobility;
  • to enhance the security, to prevent social isolation and to support maintaining the multifunctional network around the individual;
  • to support careers, families and care organisations;

All businesses and private or public research organisations are potentially eligible for an AAL project.

Calls for project proposals are published regularly. The participation rules are specified for each call. Projects must involve cooperation between organisations representing at least three AAL member countries.

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