By 2050, the number of Europeans older than 65 years will increase by 25%. In most EU regions, more than 50% of elderly people (above 65) live in rural areas. The ageing of the population is a challenge for EU regions but, at the same time, also an opportunity for growth and jobs in what it is called Silver Economy.

Interreg Europe Projects represent an opportunity for EU Managing Authorities to use Structural Funds to replicate some of the most effective and result-oriented policy practices for healthy and active ageing. Linking innovation, market needs and policy can create more opportunities to implement new technologies in health care sector, to create job opportunities and to provide better services for elderly.

Three Interreg Europe projects are dealing with issues related to health care and ageing population: Hocare, Tittan and Helium.




The objective of the HoCare project is to boost the generation of innovative home care solutions in regional innovation chains. Project supports closer – quadruple helix based – cooperation of relevant actors in regional innovation ecosystems.


Helium aims at improving efficiency of spending public funds on health innovation; at enabling the development of better quality projects in health innovation, and at improved governance of policy instruments.


TITTAN supports exchange, benchmarking and implementation of good practices and measures, which foster design, up-take and use of innovative technology-based products/solutions.


Lead Partner

Nicosia Development Agency (ANEL) from Cyprus

Lead Partner

Brainport Development N.V. from Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands


Lead Partner

Galician Health Knowledge Agency (ACIS) from Galicia, Spain

Project partners:

·      Business Agency Association, Североизточен (Severoiztochen) – BG

·      IDERAM Business Development Institute of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Região Autónoma da Madeira – PT

·      National Healthcare Service Center, Közép-Magyarország – HU

·      Lithuanian Innovation Centre, Lietuva – LT

·      National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics, Bucureşti – Ilfov – RO

·      DEX Innovation Centre, Severovýchod - CZ

·      Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia, Zahodna Slovenija - SI

Project partners:

·      Semmelweis University, Közép-Magyarország – HU

·      National Healthcare Service Center, Közép-Magyarország – HU

·      City of Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant – NL

·      University of Porto, Norte - PT

·      Portuguese National Innovation Agency, Norte - PT

·      Liverpool John Moores University, Merseyside - UK

·      Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, Merseyside - UK

Project partners:

·      Healthy Saxony (HS), Dresden – DE

·      Basque Foundation for Health Research and Innovation (BIOEF), País Vasco – ES

·      Regional Foundation for Biomedical Research (FRRB), Lombardia – IT

·      City of Amsterdam (CAM), Noord-Holland – NL

·      Lower Silesian Voivodeship Marshal Office (LSVMO), Dolnośląskie - PL

·      The University of Edinburgh - Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI), Eastern Scotland - UK

The HoCare project would like to launch an Interreg Europe group to start discussing the possible synergies. These may arise from sharing experience and approaches in the fields of public procurement; promoting innovation ecosystems in the health sector; raising citizens’ awareness on the use of new technologies for improving the quality of life.

Managing Authorities and organisations willing to join the group are invited to contact the HoCare lead partner, Nicosia Development Agency.

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