Twinning Support Scheme

 

I)            How the support scheme works

Regional organisations that are engaged in the works of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) by means of “Individual Commitments” or "Collaborative Commitments" and holding Reference Site status as a result of the 2016 call can apply to benefit from a scheme that supports expenses incurred to facilitate the transfer of innovative practices for implementation in another region.

The focus is on digitally-enabled innovative ICT solutions for health and care delivery for the ageing population.

There are two types of organisations involved:

  • The "Organisation adopting the innovative practice” (receiving/adopter organisation) (is the organisation that will receive the innovative practice and deploy / implement it in its territory). This is the organisation that is awarded Reference Site status in the 2016 call and will benefit from the experience and know-how developed by the "organisation transferring an innovative practice" in a particular field of intervention;
  • The "Organisation transferring the innovative practice" (originator organisation), which is the organisation with the experience and know-how developed in a particular field of intervention, that is awarded Reference Site status in the 2016 call and that is included in the innovative practices repository of the EIP on AHA.

An essential requirement for the adopting organisations is clear financial commitment to implement/procure the innovative practice within the timeframe 2016-2018.

The objective of this support scheme is to support the transfer of innovation (from the "organisation transferring the innovative practice" to the "organisation adopting the innovative practice") in a way that facilitates the latter's deployment of large-scale digitally-enabled innovative solutions for health and care delivery to the ageing population. This initiative therefore contributes to the European Scaling Up Strategy of the EIP on AHA.

This is a pilot support scheme that provides financial support to cover the travel and accommodation of experts from the "adopting organisation" to the "originator organisation" or vice-versa.

It will also cover expenses related to the "hosting" (such as transport within the region) incurred by hosting meetings etc. It will not cover fees for professional services (consulting, advisory services, moderation services etc.) and will not include the acquisition of products and services from third parties that do not fall within the meaning of travel, accommodation and meeting expenses.

The total maximum amount to be claimed in expenses is capped at € 5,000 per twinning action. There can only be 1 hosting organisation for the twinning (which could be either the transferring organisation or the adopting organisation). Irrespective of the number of "adopting" organisations involved in the twinning action the maximum amount is capped at € 5,000 per twinning action.

 

II)           How to apply for the support scheme

  • Applications to the scheme can be made through a "joint request" (submitted through a brief online form) – to be completed between 20 July 2016 and 1 September 2016.
  • The "joint request" is filled in by the adopting and transferring organisations together, requesting the twinning support, and providing details on the content of the twinning action, (notably which is the innovation practice to be transferred) and outlining the commitment to start implementing that innovative practice within the 2016-2018 timeframe (see Criteria for Application).
  • An independent panel made up of the Scale AHA European project, PROEIPAHA and the European Commission will select up to 20 twinning actions awarded funding by 1st October 2016.

Twinning actions must take place between 19 October 2016 and end of January 2017.

 

III)         Criteria for application

The applications submitted will be assessed by an independent panel on the following:

  • Whether or not they meet the essential profile criteria (see below). If they don't meet the essential profile criteria they will be deemed ineligible.
  • For those applicants that meet the essential profile criteria; they will be evaluated on the "Other Criteria" which examines the merits and relevance of the twinning plan and the expected impact of implementation.

1)   Essential Profile Criteria (all these requirements must be met in order for the application to qualify as eligible):

Overall: The proposed twinning action relates to digitally enabled ICT innovation practice in active and healthy ageing. The ICT aspect of the practice is clearly described.

a) Organisation transferring the innovative practice (originator organisation)

  • Awarded Reference-Site status at the 2016 Call for Reference Sites of the EIP on AHA (and therefore party to “Individual" or "Collaborative" Commitments entered in the 2016 Call for Commitments of the EIP on AHA)
  • Innovation practices to be transferred in the twinning are already included in the EIP on AHA Innovative Practices Repository)
  • Involvement in research and innovation projects or policy initiatives which have a strong connection with EIP on AHA objectives and with high EU and regional added-value.
  • Involvement in networking activities between regional and national level to support best practice or knowledge exchange opportunities

b) Organisation adopting the innovative practice (receiving/adopter organisation)

  • Awarded Reference-Site status (including Candidate Reference Sites) in the 2016 Call for Reference Sites of the EIP on AHA.
  • Clearly established financial commitment to procure / implement large scale digitally-enabled ICT innovative solutions for health and care delivery to the ageing population within the 2016-2018 timeframe.

2)   Other Criteria ("joint requests" that meet the essential profile criteria will then be evaluated according to the following criteria):

  • Adopting / receiving organisation should be a beneficiary or be an applicant to benefit of EU Structural Funds*** in the field of active and healthy ageing**
  • Quality of the twinning plan description submitted (detail provided on financial commitment to procure / implement innovative practice)
  • Expected impact of the twinning in terms of knowledge and know-how transferred/acquired, scale of impact of the implemented innovative practice and expected outcome.
  • Need to ensure a balanced distribution of support throughout the different intervention areas of the EIP on AHA Action Groups*.

* For donor organisations only

** For adopting / receiving organisations only

*** List of European Structural and Investment Funds can be found here: ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/funding/


The 2016 Call for Commitments of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing is open

Support to scaling up of innovations in Active and Healthy Ageing (Scale AHA) is happy to announce the 2016 Call for Commitments of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA).

Are you a leader in innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing?

Join us in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) and help us transform the future of our ageing society.
You can benefit from the largest European network of organisations active in the promotion, development and deployment of active and healthy ageing innovation. Access an extensive "evidence-base" of innovative practices for active and healthy ageing, get the latest information about European, national and regional initiatives, and discover the right partners that can help you succeed in developing new projects and scaling up innovation for active and healthy ageing.

What is the Call for Commitments of the EIP on AHA?
Every three years, the EIP on AHA opens a new "Call for Commitments" inviting organisations from all over the world, involved in developing, promoting or deploying innovative solutions for active and healthy ageing, to come forward with projects and initiatives that they will implement in the coming 3 years. The commitments are organised within action groups and must be in line with the overall priorities of the EIP on AHA.

Are there any fees required to take part?
Becoming a partner of the EIP on AHA is not subject to any fees or financial contribution. All work carried out by the partners of the EIP on AHA is purely on a voluntary basis. The EIP on AHA is supported by the European Commission and the only contribution that partners are expected to make is to main a positive and active contribution to the work of the EIP on AHA Action groups and activities.

What's the added value of being a partner of the EIP on AHA?
Partners are driven by their willingness to collaborate with other organisations that share complementary expertise or that have gone through similar projects, therefore avoiding the "reinvention of the wheel". The active participation in the work of the action groups of the EIP on AHA is a way of interacting and having access to organisations who share similar goals and access some of the leading international experts in the field.

Submit your commitment today! 
If you are interested in becoming a partner of the EIP on AHA, please complete the online form and submit your commitment. See also the Call for Commitments FAQs page and solve your main doubts. Submit your commitment today! The call will be open from 15th of February to 15th of April 2016.


AAL Smart Ageing Prize

Support to scaling up of innovations in Active and Healthy Ageing (Scale AHA) is happy to announce the inauguration of the AAL Smart Ageing Prize under the initiative of the AAL Forum. The AAL Smart Ageing Prize is a €50,000 Challenge Prize to find the best innovation in internet connected devices and technologies (Internet of Things) that will empower older adults to achieve the quality of life they aspire to socially and independently.

The Prize aims to find innovations that improve connectivity between older adults, devices and technologies related to any aspect of their life (e.g. home, social, work, study, transport or services). The idea should present a business opportunity which has the potential to be commercially viable. Applications must involve older adults in the development and testing of the technology.

With support from AAL, the most innovative ideas will turn into real products that can be financially sustainable. Fifteen of the most promising applications will be chosen as Finalists and will be invited to a social innovation mentoring academy in Brussels. Each of the Finalists will be awarded a €500 Euro grant to develop a prototype to demonstrate at the Academy. The winner will be awarded a prize of €50,000 at the AAL Forum in Switzerland in late September.

The Prize is open to individuals, groups and organisations in the 28 member countries of the European Union, as well as Israel, Canada, Norway and Switzerland. The deadline for applications is Friday 13 May 2016 at Midday (12pm) Central European Time.

ScaleAHA would like to encourage partners of EIP on AHA related projects to consider this opportunity. For full details and to apply please visit the AAL website.


The call for Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing is open.

Are you a leader in innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing? Would you like to become one of the Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing? Then apply before 15 April 2016!

What are Reference Sites?
Reference Sites are highly inspirational ecosystems, delivering creative and workable solutions that improve the lives and health of older people. These solutions can be scaled-up and replicated across the EU.
For a more formal definition, they are "ecosystems which comprise different players, including regional and/or local authorities, cities, integrated hospitals/care organisations, industry organisations, SMEs and/or start-ups, research and innovation organisations, that jointly implement a comprehensive, innovation-based approach to active and healthy ageing, and can give evidence and concrete illustrations of the impact of such approaches on the ground".

A first call published in 2012 resulted in 32 regions being recognised as Reference Sites. They received their recognition diplomas in July 2013 during an award ceremony presided by European Commission Vice-President at the time, Neelie Kroes.

Why become a Reference Site?
The benefits of becoming a Reference Site are manifold. For many of the Reference Sites the recognition of their leadership has been a catalyst in their region. It brought other stakeholders on board to collaboratively work in developing innovative solutions, thereby ensuring a "whole system approach".
Additionally, networking is a fundamental part of the EIP on AHA. The 32 sites see themselves as a band of pioneers and have created strong links between them. This collaboration has allowed them to share good practices and build collaboration across borders.

What are the conditions to become a Reference Site?
Reference Sites should showcase innovative components of their care model/systems that can serve as illustrations of good practice to other regions. Robust proof of their impact on the ground and presentation of sound indicators aligned notably with the indicators supported by the Monitoring and Assessment Framework of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (MAFEIP) and grouped under "Quality of Life", "Sustainability of Healthcare systems" and "Economic growth and jobs". They should also be actively engaged in the scaling up/replicability process by submitting good practices to the EIP on AHA Repository of Innovative Practices, for example, coaching other regions that wish to implement their good practices and already engaged (or to become engaged) with the Action Groups of the EIP on AHA.

Start your application today!
The call will be open until 15 April 2016. If you are interested in (re) applying to become a Reference Site of the EIP on AHA please download the call document and fill in the self-assessment form online.