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European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

The European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) were first piloted in 2010 to drive economic development and modernisation in key sectors and markets under the European 2020 flagship initiative Innovation Union. The overall aim of the EIPs is to tackle innovation barriers for major societal challenges. There are five EIPs in total in the areas of active and healthy ageing, water, agriculture, raw materials and smart cities.

The EIP Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) was the first EIP to be launched. The EIP AHA aims to make the EU a place of excellence in innovation for healthy ageing by:

  • Improving the health status and quality of life of European citizens (with a particular focus on older people).
  • Supporting the long-term sustainability and efficiency of health and social care systems.
  • Enhancing the competitiveness of EU innovation and industry through an improved business environment providing the foundations or growth and the expansion of new markets.

Innovation Union considers ageing as an opportunity as opposed to a burden, placing value on older people and their contribution to society and seeking to empower older people and their communities through user-centred innovation and service delivery. EIP-AHA is helping to achieve these aims through campaigns and strategies and should ultimately lead to an increase in the average healthy lifespan of EU citizens by 2 years by 2020.


Further Reading:

State of the Innovation Union available at:
http://www.ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-union/pdf/state-of-the-union/2013/state_of_the_innovation_union_report_2013.pdf

European Innovation Partnerships available at:
http://www.ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-union/index_en.cfm?pg=eip

Report on the first year achievements of the EIP Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) available at:
http://www.ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-union/pdf/active-healthy-ageing/achievements_2013.pdf