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CIHR and Active and Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL), Call for 2016: Living Well with Dementia




Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Active and Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL)

Call for 2016: Living Well with Dementia


Notify ROADS of Intent to Apply by April 2, 2016

Proposal due May 26, 2016, 5pm Central European Time


The focus of the AAL Programme 2016 call for proposals is to fund Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)-based, innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects, with a clear route to market, that help people with dementia and their caregivers to live in dignity and provide satisfaction through all stages of dementia, with support of the community. Proposals should include a user-centred approach as well as pilots with a considerable number of end-users involved in order to demonstrate the benefits and added-value necessary to make a significant impact on the market.


The objectives of the AAL Programme are as follows:

  1. Expected impact on quality of life

ICT-based solutions in this call challenge are expected to sustain or improve the capacity of people with dementia for:

  • Living an active and meaningful life (social participation and wellbeing).

  • Living independently and safely for longer at home (decision and control of daily activities) with support from their carers and community when necessary.

  • Living in dignity and satisfaction during all stages of dementia.


The ICT-based solutions should support informal and professional caregivers to:

  • reduce stress and care burden;

  • build resilience;

  • improve quality, efficiency and effectiveness of care.


  1. Expected impact on the market

ICT-based solutions in this call challenge are expected to contribute to:

  • A large(r) use of ICT/technology for people with dementia and their supporting community.

  • A growing public and consumer market of interoperable and scalable AAL services and products to support active, independent and dignified living for people with dementia throughout all stages.

  • More European collaboration, including end-users, industry and other stakeholders in the value chain.

  • Savings for the social/care system as people with dementia live in their homes for longer, thus delaying the move to institutionalized care.


Significant involvement of industry and other business partners, particularly SMEs are encouraged. The effort of industry and other business partners in each project is expected to be 50% or more (in person months).


Proposals must include a realistic business plan with time-to-market perspective of maximum 2 years after end of the project.



Project consortia must include a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 independent eligible organizations from at least 3 different AAL partner States. The AAL Programme offers a Partner Search facility (, which is designed to support the identification of potential partners for AAL proposals.


A consortium must include at least:

    • one eligible business partner;
    • one eligible SME partner which can be the business partner; and
    • one eligible end-user organization.


Canadian researchers participating in a project must satisfy CIHR’s definition of a Nominated Principal Applicant.


AAL Partner States:

  • Austria

  • Belgium – Brussels Capital Region

  • Belgium – Flanders

  • Belgium - Wallonia

  • Canada

  • Cyprus

  • Hungary

  • Ireland

  • Italy MIUR

  • Italy MOH

  • Luxembourg – NFR

  • Luxembourg – Luxinnovation

  • The Netherlands

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Romania

  • Slovenia

  • Spain – Biscay Region

  • Spain – ISCHII

  • Switzerland



The maximum total project budget is 5 M€ over 12-36 months. The AAL Programme will contribute a maximum of 2.5 M€.


Canadian researchers participating in an awarded project will receive funding from CIHR and AGE-WELL. Each of CIHR and AGE-WELL will contribute up to $ 117,666 CAD per year per application, for a maximum of three years.



Application Process:

If you plan to submit a proposal, please notify Lauren Goldstein, Senior Advisor, at or extension 24519 by April 2, 2016.


The application template can be found here: Please note, Canadian applicants must also submit an abbreviated application to CIHR using ResearchNet (available soon).


More Information:

Additional information regarding the AAL Programme can be found on their website at