IN-4-AHA – Open Call for Living Lab Testing Scheme

The EU-funded IN-4-AHA project will enhance the uptake of digital innovations in active and healthy ageing.

The number of elderly people is increasing worldwide. Innovation, and especially digital innovation, can play a key role in improving the quality of life of the ageing population while ensuring the resilience and sustainability of health and social care systems.

The Innovation Networks for Scaling Active and Healthy Ageing (IN-4-AHA) is a project funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme to address these challenges. The objective of the IN-4-AHA project is to facilitate the scale-up of innovative solutions for active and healthy ageing across the EU.

The success and large-scale use of digital tools for citizen empowerment and person-centered care heavily depend on an active contribution from local and regional ecosystems, stakeholder groups, and organisations, including industry, civil society, academia, and public administration.

Open Call for the IN-4-AHA Living lab testing scheme!

Receive support for scaling up an innovative solution for active and healthy ageing.

Do you have an innovative solution for active and healthy ageing?

Do you want to scale it up and expand outside your home market?

Do you want to test it in co-creation with users in real-life environments in living labs in two fairly different European countries?

Do you want to receive coaching for your idea from an international coaching team?



What are we looking for?

  • Scalable digital or technology-supported innovation to test according to real-life needs. ​
  • Solution offered to real users. Technology maturity level TRL5 or higher.​
  • The end-users of the solution have to be seniors (65 years or older), formal or informal caregivers of seniors, or organisations offering services to seniors. ​
  • Particularly in the following fields:​
    • mHealth solutions for active and healthy ageing​
    • smart age-friendly homes and independent living​
    • chronic disease management. 

Who can apply?

The eligible applicant must be legally registered in a member state of the European Union or in a Horizon 2020 associated country. 

  • SMEs, start-ups, large companies, universities, research and technology centres and other organisations

The eligible solution is a digital or technology-supported innovation for active and healthy ageing.


Please read first the detailed information about the Open Call from the Launch document and fill in the application form below.

What do the 5 finalists receive?​

The five finalists receive

  • testing opportunities with users in living labs in Finland and Spain ​
  • business coaching for scaling up from an international coaching team​
  • feedback and report based on the user-centred testing in Finland and in Spain
  • visibility on IN-4-AHA webpages ​

All applicants receive

IN-4-AHA network partners offer services for all the applicants eligible for their innovation and business support programs.  

Evaluation criteria

1-5 points are awarded to the following criteria:​

  • Team behind the solution (weight 25 %)​
    • For example clear vision and strategy, skills and competences, resources​
  • Solution (weight 25 %)​
    • For example novelty, PCC, TRL 5 or higher
  • Scalability (weight 25 %)​
    • “CORRECT” adapted from WHO (2009)
  • Business potential (weight 25 %)​
    • For example size and growth of the potential market


  • 1 April 2021: Launching of the Call​
  • 30 April 2021: Deadline for applications​
  • From 1 to 16 May 2021: Evaluation period, requests for additional information
  • 17 May 2021: Selection of the finalists​
  • From 17 to 28 May: Preliminary discussions and agreements​
  • From June to December 2021: User-centred tests ​
  • From August to December 2021: Business coaching

More information

See the details of the open call from the Launch of an Open Call for the IN-4-AHA Living lab testing scheme here:

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Testing sites

Xamk Active Life Lab

CSG Cluster Saúde de Galicia


What we do?

IN-4-AHA will engage with stakeholders in multiple workshops throughout the project and capitalize those workshops in two ways-in improving both the innovation cycle as well as the engagement with all relevant stakeholders.

The main objective of the IN-4-AHA project is to ensure the overall coordination and support to further scale-up mechanisms provided by EIP on AHA and its stakeholders towards a more efficient uptake of innovations in active and healthy ageing.

The main outcome of the IN-4-AHA project is an active and healthy ageing innovation scale-up model that is validated by stakeholders and complemented by a clear implementation roadmap, an innovation impact evaluation toolkit and a strategy for long-term investments.

The IN-4-AHA project is aiming to bring together the supply and demand sides in implementing scaling up strategies for innovative solutions (technology, integration of health and social care, systemic change), taking into account end-users’ perspective.IN-4-AHA will develop a model which facilitates the scale-up of innovative solutions in active healthy ageing.

This model will be built around:

  • The efficient engagement and active contributions from stakeholder networks and the existing ecosystem;
  • The spill-over of actionable knowledge into practical tools for EIP on AHA and its Reference Sites;
  • A Roadmap to implement the change and boost the scale-up;
  • The Investment strategy.

Who we are?

The Innovation Networks for Scaling Active and Healthy Ageing (IN-4-AHA) project consists of ten partners from seven EU countries with different and complementary backrounds. The project will build upon the legacy of the EIP on AHA ecosystem and advance digital innovation for the benefit of the silver economy.

The IN-4-AHA project (SC1-HCC-08-2020) will build on the achievements and legacy of the EIP on AHA ecosystem. Besides actively involving the EIP on AHA community, the project will also engage with the Joint Programming Initiative on More Years Better Lives, the Active and Assisted Living Programme, EIT Digital and EIT Health.

IN 4-AHA is coordinated by Tehnopol Science and Business Park. Consortium partners are EIT Health Scandinavian Regional Innovation Hub, Galician Health Cluster, Civitta Estonia, European Regional and Local Health Authorities ASBL, Foundation Praxic Centre for Policy Studies, Proud Engineers, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences Xamk, and Competence Centre on Active and Healthy Agening of University of Porto.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017603.

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