Active and Assisted Living (AAL) The objective of the joint research programme Active and Assisted Living (AAL) is to enhance the quality of life of elderly people through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). The aim is also to strengthen the industrial base in Europe through the use of ICT, and to introduce solutions developed in AAL projects to the market within two to three years after the project end. Objectives In the wider European context of demographic change and an ageing population, the AAL programme pursues a range of objectives: Foster the emergence of innovative ICT-based products, services and systems for ageing well at home, in the community and at work. The ambition is to increase the quality of life, autonomy, participation in social life, skills and employability of elderly people and reducing the costs of health and social care. Create a critical mass of research, development and innovation at EU level in technologies and services for ageing well in the information society. This includes creating a favourable environment for participation in R&D and innovation activities by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Improve conditions for industrial exploitation by providing a coherent European framework for developing common approaches and facilitating the implementation and adaptation of common solutions which are compatible with varying social preferences and regulatory aspects at national or regional level across Europe. All businesses and private or public research organisations are potentially eligible for an AAL project. Calls for project proposals are published regularly. The participation rules are specified for each call. Projects must involve cooperation between organisations representing at least three AAL member countries. Luxembourg involvement As AAL is a joint European research programme, the evaluation of project proposals is centralised (European) and the funding is organised at national level. The Luxembourg government has made the commitment to set aside €650,000 per year to finance the national participations shortlisted by the international AAL Association. €325,000 are reserved for public research organisations and €325,000 are for participants from the private sector. This national sum is complemented by European co-funding. In Luxembourg, the contact points are: for companies: Luxinnovation. Public co-funding is implemented in line with the amended Law of 5 June 2009 relating to the promotion of research, development and innovation (maximum aid intensities: 60% for a small business, 50% for a medium-sized enterprise, 40% for a large company) for research organisations: the National Research Fund. Co-funding can cover up to 100% of the eligible cost Consortia preparing project proposals are advised to consult Luxinnovation and/or the National Research Fund for free assistance. If a proposal is evaluated favourably by the AAL programme, the enterprise or research organisation submits an application for funding to either Luxinnovation or the National Research Fund. Detailed guidelines are provided to project promoters whose proposals have been shortlisted by the evaluators. Financial support Businesses can also apply for financial support for the preparation of a project, through Fit4Horizon2020, a national subsidy to Luxembourg companies planning to participate in Horizon 2020, Eurostars and AAL calls for proposals.