What's the call about?
With this the call, we want to contribute to developing innovative digital tools that can increase people's ability to work and remove obstacles to participation.
This should lead to more people getting meaningful and active leisure time, as well as giving opportunities to study and work. This is turn will contribute to better health.
We encourage the sharing of data, knowledge, methods and ideas, and that operators open their products to external modifications or otherwise create opportunities for innovations at the next level as well.
It's important that users in need of support get access to the latest technological developments. We therefore particularly welcome project that use cutting-edge technology.
This call has two themes:
- Sport and leisure
- Work life and education
What activities can you apply for?
The goal of the project should be to develop a digital tool that can increase people's ability to function and remove obstacles to participation.
The project should develop a prototype or solution that can be demonstrated at the end of the project period. We are planning an event where these can be shown.
The solution being developed should create benefits - either financially or other valuable form for the users. The project period may be up to 15 months, so the call is not applicable to long-term research or development projects.
We particularly welcome project that use cutting-edge technology. These can be artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), computer games, simulation and automation. A user's abilities can be enhanced in many ways, for example through new body-worn technology or by including sensors in existing aids.
Examples of solutions that could be developed within the call for proposal are:
- connected mobile devices
- voice interaction for specific situations
- memory means
- cognitive support
- digital adaptation of existing tools
- open shared resources (for example, drawings and 3D models)
- support for building better customisable tools.
More about who can apply
Applicants can either develop aids, be a "needs owner" or act as an intermediary. By needs owner we mean the person who has the needs for this solution, for example, users, relatives or patient organisations.
The role of the needs owner is to ensure that the solution meets a real need. The needs owner's involvement in the project is very important and also constitutes an assessment criterion. Project that lacks clear involvement of needs owners is not suitable for this the call for proposal.
An intermediary can, through an open activity, such as a hackathon or an innovation competition or by providing equipment and premises, enable the needs owners to develop new or improved aids.
We encourage new collaborations and commitment from actors in industries that don't traditionally develop tools. Examples of such collaborations could be a company in the textile industry and relatives, a makerspace and users, auxiliary companies and experts on artificial intelligence.
How much can you apply for?
Our objective is a broad portfolio of project of different sizes, different types of actors who in different ways develop solutions for different needs. We assess how the size of the grant applied for is proportionate to the benefit that the project can generate.
The support level is our grant percentage of each project party's eligible costs. The maximum support level in this the call for proposal is for:
- small businesses - up to 60 percent
- medium-sized companies - up to 50 percent
- large companies - up to 40 percent
- public organisations and research organisations - up to 80 percent in their non-economic activities
- economic and non-profit associations - up to 100 percent, provided they can receive "de minimis" support