Results announced – 2016 Call for Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

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As a result of the Call for Reference sites 2016 launched in December 2015 at the Conference of Partners of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, a total of 74 regional and local organisations have been awarded “Reference Site” status.
These organisations have demonstrated the existence of comprehensive strategies to advance innovation for active and healthy ageing, based on a “Quadruple Helix” model that includes stakeholders from industry, civil society, and academia and government authorities at a regional and local level.
Together these regions represent a commitment of over four billion € (2016-2019 period) to invest in innovative solutions that will lead to improvements in the quality of life of the ageing population, support efficiencies and sustainability of health and social care delivery and finally, stimulate economic growth and competitiveness. These investments will benefit an expected five million people in the next three years.
The Reference Site status is granted to organisations who have demonstrated excellence in the development, adoption and scaling up of innovative practices for active and healthy ageing, in line with the strategic objectives of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) and particularly the European Scaling Up Strategy for Innovation in Active and Healthy Ageing. The Scaling Up strategy supports the European Commission priority of establishing a Digital Single Market to unlock online opportunities for digital products and services.
For the first time, as a result of the peer-review and expert review process in the 2016 Call, and given the “national and cross-regional dimension” of the applicant’s activities, the panel of experts has decided to award the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the status of “National Reference for Excellence in promoting Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing“. Future calls will further explore the potential to have government-led National initiatives interested in participating in the EIP on AHA, proving an opportunity to showcase their innovative practices and contribution to scaling up innovation for the ageing population.
Join us at the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (5-8 December 2016) to meet the Reference Sites. If in the meantime you are interested in engaging with the Reference Sites please contact the Reference Sites Collaborative Network.