INNOVAGE is a three year project dedicated to social innovations which support active and healthy ageing.
The project will develop and test, as well as survey and catalogue, social innovation that will have a solid impact on improving the quality of life and well-being of older people. In particular the project aims to make a major contribution to the EU Horizon 2020 goal of extending healthy life years.
The project’s objectives directly address the current major barriers to innovation and to the achievement of the extension of healthy life years across the EU.
INNOVAGE aims to achieve impact in the public, private and third sectors and is built on the closest possible partnership with end users and stakeholders, including older people themselves.
Its key outputs will be four new major social innovations in different EU countries and a new European platform to promote the sustainable implementation of social innovations to promote well-being in later life.
INNOVAGE builds on the expert research team at the centre of the FUTURAGE project, which created A Road Map for European Ageing Research. In total nine partners from seven different countries make up the consortium, each bringing different disciplinary interests and expertise in ageing research. All partners share the following guiding principles:
- A shared commitment to science applied to the improvement of human well-being
- Ageing research requires amulti-disciplinary perspective
- Europe is not presently maximising its considerable resources and not currently improving well-being and quality of life as rapidly as possible
- A new vision of ageing is required which emphasises the positive potential of older people
- The great potential for social innovation in this field has not been sufficiently exploited
The project will run for three years from December 2013 to November 2016.