DG CNECT initiated the 2016 Transfer of Innovation Twinning Support Scheme through a call in 2016 to contribute to the European scaling-up strategy of the EIP on AHA. The twinning scheme as applied in the Active and Healthy Ageing domain is a new concept that aims to de-risk investment in digital innovative ICT solutions by financing the exchange of knowledge and good practice in digital health solutions with high potential for replicability and scaling up.
Twenty pairs of originators and adopters of innovations were selected to exchange knowledge and expertise with financial support to cover the travel and accommodation costs of the twinning activities. The twenty pairs represent a variety of solutions being adopted by Reference Site organisations from 13 different European countries. In total, 43 organisations were involved in the 2016 twinning scheme. Twinning subjects include EHRs, ePrescription solutions, integrated health and social care ICT service platforms, homecare and telemonitoring, etc.
The level of twinning varies from pure knowledge exchange and training, over to adaptation, partial or full adoption depending on the twinning topic. First results of the twinnings show successful implementations. The scheme is in line with the objectives of the Digital Single Market’s mid-term review report, in particular, the priority related to large-scale deployment of innovations in Europe.
The overview of the newest results is available for each of the 20 ScaleAHA Twinnings:
Most twinning organisations have conducted physical meetings and are in the process of exploring the best approach to scaling up the solutions of the originators. The first results are promising and the process should be further refined taking into consideration lessons learnt and recommendations by the pilot twinning organisations.
In terms of scaling-up scope, the twinnings can be grouped into the following types:
As a result of the 2016 Pilot Twinning Support Scheme of the EIP on AHA, 20 twinnings have been accepted to transfer innovation towards deployment of large-scale digitally-enabled innovative solutions in Europe.
This focus of the support scheme is on digitally-enabled innovative ICT solutions for health and care delivery for the ageing population.
The application period was open between 20 July 2016 and 15 September 2016. Applications to the scheme were made through a "joint request" (submitted through a brief online form by the adopting and transferring organisations together, requesting the twinning support, and providing details on the content of the twinning action). An independent panel made up of the Scale-AHA European project, PROEIPAHA and the European Commission accepted 20 twinning actions for funding. Twinning actions will take place between 25 October 2016 and end of January 2017. The 20 twinnings are listed below.
|Originator 2016 reference site name||Adopter(s) 2016 reference site name||Contact person|
|MACVIA-France Network (FR)||Campania (IT)
Centro Portugal (Ageing@Coimbra) (PT)
Medical Delta (NL)
Northern Ireland (UK)
Regione Piemonte (IT)
Region of Southern Denmark (DK)
Global Alliance Chronic Respiratory Diseases Regional Network (TR)
|Jean Bousquet, MACVIA|
|Northern Ireland (UK)||Catalonia (ES)||Michael Scott, Northern Ireland|
|Northern Ireland (UK)||Olomouc (CZ)||Michael Scott, Northern Ireland|
|Pays de la Loire (FR)||Porto Metropolitan Area - Porto4Ageing (PT)||Elísio Costa, Porto Metropolitan Area|
|Northern Ireland (UK)||North West Coast of England (UK)||Michael Scott, Northern Ireland|
|Campania (IT)||Asturias (ES)||Ángel Retamar Arias, Asturias|
|Lazio (IT)||Porto Metropolitan Area - Porto4Ageing (PT)||Elísio Costa, Porto Metropolitan Area|
|Twente (NL)||Campania (IT)||Lex van Velsen|
|Andalusia (ES)||City of Zagreb (HR)||Ana Carriazo|
|Basque Country (ES)||Nouvelle-Aquitaine (FR)||Carole Doucet|
|Medical Delta Rotterdam (NL)||Campania (IT)||Edwig Goossens|
|Republic of Ireland Regional Network (COLLAGE)||Campania (IT)
Metropolitan Area of Porto (Porto4Ageing)
|Basque Country (ES)||Liguria (IT)||Dolores Verdoy|
|Galicia (ES)||City of Zagreb (HR)||Susana Fernández Nocelo|
|Scotland (UK)||Basque Country (ES)||Dolores Verdoy|
|Campania (IT)||Olomouc||Zdeněk Gütter|
|Basque Country (ES)||Scotland (UK)||Donna Henderson|
|North West Coast of England (UK)||Oberbergischer Kreis (DE)||Wolfgang Goetzke|
|Scotland (UK)||Andalusia (ES)||Ana Carriazo|
|Andalusia (ES)||City of Kraljevo||Milan Vukovic|
For all organisations participating in the twinnings there is a document containing answers to some frequently asked questions. You can download the document here.
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:
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.
Twinning actions must take place between 19 October 2016 and end of January 2017.
The applications submitted will be assessed by an independent panel on the following:
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)
b) Organisation adopting the innovative practice (receiving/adopter organisation)
2) Other Criteria ("joint requests" that meet the essential profile criteria will then be evaluated according to the following criteria):
* 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/