Project Details

Title: Improvement the effectiveness of regional development policies in eco-INNovation for smart hOme and independent liVing to increase the quality of life of Aging people
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Innovation, research and technology development

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 31st Dec 2014


Total budget: €2,466,686.80
ERDF contribution: €1,947,642.62

Lead partner

Marche Regional Authority
Via Gentile da Fabriano n. 9
60125, Ancona

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      Phone: +39 071 806 2426
      Fax: +39 071 806 2318

Project summary

INNOVAge aims to increase the effectiveness of regional development policies in the field of eco-independent living for elderly by networking and mentoring activities at regional and interreg.level.

Ageing is considered part of an overall strategy of mutually reinforced INNOVATION policies and regional competitiveness.Ageing poses significant challenges to regions dependent on traditional policy division of competencies and traditional industries:demographic trend demands innovative policy approach,strengthening creative interaction in the knowledge triangle(business-private-research);from economic point of view,intelligent home solutions means cutting local edge techn- and system-level approach to design new electromechanical systems merging mechanical,electrical control and embedded software design.

Recognizing the important role of ICT in dealing with these challenges,pj focuses on:1.INDEPENDENT LIVING:aim at helping elderly people to live independently for longer in their homes,

increasing their autonomy and assisting them in carrying out their daily activities.2.ECO INNOVATION applied to SMART&SUSTAINABLE HOME:making smart choices,home becomes more accessible and comfortable for elderly,with a valuable contribution to minimize the environmental impact of daily life.

Despite the potential of independent living and relative eco-innovation solutions,its benefits and technical maturity are still limited.INNOVAge turns abovementioned requirements into strength matching more innovative Partners(Mentoring group)with less innovative(Learning Group).15 partners from 14 EU countries join INNOVAge representing innovation driven clusters,regional authorities and technical partners with highexperience in the project field.

Project foresees following main activities:1.identification-selection of GP as learning process that not only share experiences but also transferring them,re-design policies and approaches to be more innovative,users needs centric and multidisciplinary

2.activities supporting the exchange of Good Practice,promoting the innovation driven cluster governance model to overcome traditional lack of cooperation between triple helix actors,to integrate policies-research in a multidisciplinary approach.Strategic partnership are the core of clustering governance model where policy solutions to support independent living are elaborated according to Open Method of Coordination.Strategic partnership are build up through the following activities:n.14 regional INNOVATION HUB to link regional authorities to innov.stakeholders,to PP’s InnoHubs and to EU inno. driven clusters;n.6 WORKSHOP to engage innovation stakeholders;n.5 STUDY VISIT,open to external technical expertise from LG’regions;n.3 INTERREG.TRAINING SESSION to support policymakers to better understand their requirements and facilitates the transfer of GP,relative success and durability

3.comm.activities supporting pj through information+publicity activities to ensure pj results disseminat.

Project achievements

Ageing poses significant challenges to regions that depend on traditional policy division of competencies and traditional industries. Demographic trend demands innovative policy approach and more creative interaction in the knowledge triangle, also directly involving the user needs representatives in the policy definition process. Moreover, from a Research/Innovation point of view, regional policies have to effectively sustain the development of new intelligent home solutions: making smart choices, home becomes more accessible and

comfortable for elderly people, with also a valuable contribution to minimise the environmental impact. Recognizing the important role of research and innovation, the INNOVAge project intends to increase the effectiveness of regional innovation policies through networking, mentoring and clustering activities at regional and interregional level.

In particular, the project aims are:

1. To improve the governance model facing in a new and more efficient way the problem of independent living of ageing people at home based on the RIDC model;

2. To provide a methodology and instruments that enables regional decisionmakers.

3. To implement an efficient integrated policy, involving the end users' needs representatives in the policy definition process. Where strategic partnership already exist, they are improved and better coordinated by winwin cooperation and exchange of experiences at interregional level that enhance skills and competencies of local innovation stakeholders

4. To create EU network of clusters to share experiences, good practices and knowledge and to tackle EU fragmentation in this field,to favour the diffusion of common standard and to enhance synergies among EU policies, instruments, funds and institutions to support R&I infrastructures in the field of ecoinnovation and independent living Technologies.

To achieve such objectives,the 15 EU partners involved in the project organized 7 Internal Meetings, analyzed their regional context thanks to 14 Regional mapping&SWOT analysis and 1 interreg.SWOT cross analysis, drafted 2 ITF working paper on GP and knowledge transfer programme and Policy recomm. for new cluster governance model, organized 7 Study Visits and 10 matchmaking events for local stakeholders, identified and analyzed 18 Good Practices and implemented 9 pilot actions for transferring such GP in their Regions sustained by 7 mentoring actions. Moreover, they run 13 Innovation Hubs, organized 3 sessions for project staff and regional policy makers and drafted 12 Regional Implementation Plans for sustaining project results after pj closure.

Finally, the PPs spread pj results thanks to 6 press conferences, 67 press releases at local level, 3 newsletter, 2 pj Flyer and 1 pj Brochure, 211 appearances on media, 31 dissemination events, 77 speaking opportunities,

12 National events on active ageing&, the dissemination of a GP Catalogue together with a specific poster session, the organization of a common Joint Final Conference with CASA project and a Award ceremony for the best Pilot Action and GP transferred.

During the 6th reporting period, LP organized the Joint Final Conference with CASA pj on 7th of October 2014 in Brux focusing on “Awareness, Management and Long Term Sustainability of Innovation Clusters” and “Policy Reccomendations for sustaining lessons learnt in active ageing”. Moreover, PPs drafted the Regional Implementation Plans, considering knowledge and lessons learnt during the project, and the 2°ITF Work. paper:"Policy recomm. for new cluster governance model". Finally, PPs finalized their Pilot Action implementation, thanks to the collaboration with the Mentor Partner who provide mentoring visits and specific technical assistance, and the INNOVATION HUB activities that were summarized in a final specific report.



Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Marche Regional Authority, Ancona ITALY Marche +39 071 806 2426
Medic@lps, LA TRONCHE FRANCE Rhône-Alpes +33(0)476549563
Culminatum Innovation Oy Ltd, ESPOO FINLAND Etelä-Suomi +358 20 761 9550
Sofia Municipality, Sofia BULGARIA Yugozapaden 00 359 2 93 77 286
Region of Central Macedonia, Thessaloniki GREECE Kentriki Makedonia 0030-2313-319622
Regional Management of Social Services – Junta de Castilla y León, Valladolid SPAIN Castilla y León +34 983 413877
Geroskipou Municipality, Geroskipou CYPRUS Kypros / Kibris + 357 26913600
SEHTA, Leatherhead UNITED KINGDOM Surrey, East and West Sussex +44(0) 845 130 8179
Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia, Litija SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija +386 1 8962 710;
Lithuanian Innovation Centre (LIC), Vilnius LITHUANIA Lietuva 37052356116
INTRAS FOUNDATION, Valladolid SPAIN Castilla y León +34 983 399633
Regional Development Agency of South Bohemia RERA, j.s.c., České Budějovice CZECH REPUBLIC Jihozapad +420 387 878 454
Rzeszow Regional Development Agency, Rzeszow POLAND Podkarpackie +48 (17) 85 20 610,
Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research TNO, Utrecht NETHERLANDS Utrecht 31888662904
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona SWEDEN Sydsverige +46 455 385873
The Baltic Institute of Finland, Tampere FINLAND Länsi-Suomi 358505564228


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