In order to support a national implementation of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) has designed a new mission orientated R&D Programme in the field of "Technology (in particular ICT) and Elderly People".
The motivation of the new funding activity is in the demographic change and ageing in Europe, which implies not only challenges but also opportunities for the citizens, the social and healthcare systems as well as industry and the European market. The programme benefit (see also AAL) aims
Budget: 4 million euro per year
Cooperative research projects
Call topic: Demographic Change - Active Ageing
Next Call: Autumn 2008
Encouraging the industry to participate in such a programme will prove to be a challenge for programme management. Due to the structure of the Austrian industry, where 99.6 percent of all companies have fewer than 50 employees, it is essential that these small enterprises are being reached by establishing appropriate guiding principles, supporting community building and adequate communication. It should be considered whether public institutions cloud act as lead customer in certain application areas in order to reduce the business risk for SMEs.
To create successful new products and services for the new target group, it is essential to that companies build an in-depth knowledge about the need of elderly people and are able to evaluate their new ideas and prototypes in close interaction with potential customers. Fostering interdisciplinary cooperation between researchers, developers, user interface designers, sociologists, psychologists, ethicists, etc. will be a key to success in this market segment.
FFG - Austrian Research Promotion Agency
bmvit- Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Radetzkystraße 2, 1030 Vienna
Dipl.-Phys. Kerstin Zimmermann
phone: +43 (0) 1 71162 -653503