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January 29, 2016
The call for Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing is open

Are you a leader in innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing? Would you like to become one of the Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing? Then apply before 15 April 2016!

What are Reference Sites?
Reference Sites are highly inspirational ecosystems, delivering creative and workable solutions that improve the lives and health 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”.

A first call published in 2012 resulted in 32 regions being recognised as Reference Sites. They received their recognition diplomas in July 2013 during an award ceremony presided by European Commission Vice-President at the time, Neelie Kroes.

Why become a 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 collaboratively work in developing innovative solutions, thereby ensuring a “whole system approach”.
Additionally, networking is a fundamental part of the EIP on AHA. The 32 sites see themselves as a band of pioneers and have created strong links between them. This collaboration has allowed them to share good practices and build collaboration across borders.

What are the conditions to become a Reference Site?
Reference Sites should showcase innovative components of their care model/systems that can serve as illustrations of good practice to other regions. Robust proof of their impact on the ground and presentation of sound indicators aligned notably with the indicators supported by the Monitoring and Assessment Framework of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (MAFEIP) and grouped under “Quality of Life”, “Sustainability of Healthcare systems” and “Economic growth and jobs”. They should also be actively engaged in the scaling up/replicability process by submitting good practices to the EIP on AHA Repository of Innovative Practices, for example, coaching other regions that wish to implement their good practices and already engaged (or to become engaged) with the Action Groups of the EIP on AHA.

Start your application today!
The call will be open until 15 April 2016. If you are interested in (re) applying to become a Reference Site of the EIP on AHA please download the call document and fill in the self-assessment form online

Source: January Issue of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing Newsletter.