Open Call SC1-DTH-03-2018: Adaptive Smart Working and Living Environments Supporting Active and Healthy Ageing

European CommissionDemographic change and the ageing of the population create new heterogeneous challenges for age-friendly living, recreational and working environments such as a shrinking workforce and increasing numbers of workers with functional impairments, chronic conditions, care duties or re-integration in and later retirement from the labour market.

Digital solutions can support older individuals in being and staying actively involved in professional life for longer by designing fit for purpose working environments and by enabling flexible management of job-, leisure- and health-related activities considering their needs at the workplace, at home and on the move, with a particular focus on social inclusion, health needs and job retention.

Scope

Proposals should develop and validate digitally enabled adaptive services and solutions leading to smart work environments for older adults, supporting them to remain actively involved in professional life, helping them to sustain and renew their work and personal life related skills and support independent active and healthy lifestyles while taking into account reduced capabilities due to age-related health risks and conditions.

Proposals should be based on trans-disciplinary research, involving behavioural, sociological, psychological, medical and other relevant disciplines, including gender and cultural aspects.

Proposals should convincingly describe the planned progress beyond state of the art in development and integration of unobtrusive, adaptive solutions for age-friendly living and working environments, addressing the needs of employees in specific and various sectors and workplaces.

Proposals should build on active user engagement (e.g. employee participation at the workplace) in order to ensure the understanding of user needs, safeguarding ethics, privacy, security and regulatory aspects (e.g. labor law). Attention theft and impeding physical activity by ICT should be avoided.

Concepts should aim at realistic and verifiable benefits for flexible and sustainable job longevity measures and the consortium should include the necessary stakeholders to validate all relevant issues. The validation should take place in real settings (at workplaces and at home as required). The approach should demonstrate improvements in quality of life and/or improved health and safety for older adults, better management of aging workforce leading to a win-win for employers and employees, health and social system efficiency gains, business and financing models and organisational changes required for service delivery.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 3 and 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. Participation of SMEs is encouraged.

Expected Impact

Proposals should present methodologies and metrics as appropriate for measuring progress with significance towards the expected impact in:
  • Independent living, and quality of life of older persons compared to current state of the art, enabling older persons to stay actively involved in work life for longer or return to work after severe disease;
  • Enhanced health and safety working conditions and quality of life of older persons at work compared to the current situation, enabling older persons to be able to contribute at an appropriate level for a longer period of time;
  • Evidence of user-centred design and innovation, new intuitive ways of human-computer interaction, and user acceptance;
  • Potential cost-effectiveness due to enhanced self-care, life-style, age-friendly and skills conducive work environments and socio-economic benefits;
  • Competitive advantage for European industry through flexible and sustainable work arrangements for an ageing workforce;
  • Global leadership in ICT based innovation for active and healthy ageing including the occupational environment.

Deadline: 24 April 2018 17:00:00

Deadline Model: single-stage

Type of action: RIA Research and Innovation action.

For topic conditions, documents and submission service, please visit:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/sc1-dth-03-2018.html

PS: Find your partners or consortia preparing a project proposal
If you are working on Horizon 2020 research project proposals and you would be interested in a SME partner from Germany, please contact us, we are happy to share our experience, expertise and knowledge. If you need help to identify a potential partner with particular competences, facilities or experience, please join and explore our project, (HEALTH IT) SPACE, at www.healthitspace.eu.

Most Popular Now

Merck and Tencent Announce Collaboration…

Merck, a leading science and technology company, signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Tencent, a leading provider of Internet value added services. The collaboration will primarily focus on increasing public...

Merck Granted U.S. Patent for Novel Comb…

Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced that it has been granted Patent No. US 10,193,695 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent relates...

The European Health Catapult Program for…

Through dedicated sessions, a group of international top-level investors, key healthcare leaders and industry stakeholders work closely together challenging 40+ ambitious startups to optimize their business plan and strengthen their...

Applications Now Open for Pioneering Dig…

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN (Academic Health Science Network), in partnership with mHabitat, announces that applications for the 2019 Propel@YH digital health accelerator programme are now open. Propel@YH has been...

Flagship Axe the Fax Trust Rolls out Hyb…

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT), the organisation at the forefront of the national Axe the Fax campaign, is implementing an electronic fax solution to tackle its last remaining machines...

First EU Citizens Using ePrescriptions i…

The first EU patients can use digital prescriptions issued by their home doctor when visiting a pharmacy in another EU country: Finnish patients are now able to go to a...

Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. and I…

Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. and IBM Canada announced at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando, Florida, their plans to explore the use of blockchain technology...

Final Report: Provision of a Market Stud…

The aim of the study is to examine the telemedicine market in Europe and to understand the factors that determine its development. The analysis maps telemedicine applications and solutions, and...

Open Access Drug Development Tools Featu…

New open access tools for drug development, obesity, and the environmental impacts of medicines are the focus of a new IMI2 Call for proposals launched today. The total budget of...

The NHS Long Term Plan: Cracking the Da …

Opinion Article by Prof. Michael Thick, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Clinical Information Officer, IMS MAXIMS Reading the NHS Long Term Plan this week, I had a definite sense of déjà vu...

Big Data Approach Shown to be Effective …

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who developed a blood test to help diagnose autism spectrum disorder have now successfully applied their distinctive big data-based approach to evaluating possible treatments. The...

Highland Marketing Advisory Board Respon…

The first meeting of Highland Marketing's newly expanded advisory board discussed the NHS Long Term Plan and what will be needed to make it a success. Structural change, leadership, investment...