Is your region leading in innovation for demographic change and the silver economy? Apply for the selection of “Reference sites” of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing!
Highly inspirational ecosystems
Reference Sites are highly inspirational ecosystems. They deliver creative solutions that improve the lives 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”.
Benefits of becoming 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 work together in developing innovative solutions. The so-called “whole system approach”.
Reference Sites should showcase innovative components of their care systems that can be an inspiration for other regions.
Applications open until 15 April 2016
All regions, even those, which were selected as Reference Sites after the 2012 call, need to apply again to become the new Reference Sites. The following AER member regions were reference sites in the previous call: Northern-Ostrobothnia (FI), Ile-de-France (FR), Languedoc-Roussillon (FR), Alsace (FR), Friuli Venezia Giulia (IT), Catalunya (ES), Valencia (ES), Gelderland (NL) and Noord-Brabant (NL).