More than 40% of the partners funded by the AAL Joint Programme are small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs).


We aim at funding research, development and innovation projects that show a clear promise to bring new products, solutions or service concepts to the market within 2 to 3 years after the end of the funding period.

Large, medium and small enterprises are encouraged to participate in our projects. More specifically, in each AAL JP project it is necessary to have one business partner and one SME.

Therefore, our R&D&I programme provides an opportunity for SMEs to develop innovative AAL solutions, and bring their ideas closer to the market.


Due to the close-to-market nature of the programme, the development of suitable business cases for the developed solutions is an essential part of our projects.

If you have an outstanding idea to propose and you want to make a difference, we can help you find the most appropriate partners and provide you with the support of a national contact person, who speaks your language, and a European team in Brussels.



The AAL Joint Programme has started a new three-year support action called AAL2Business that built on the pilot AAL2Business action conducted in 2012 aimed to help AAL projects to enter the market. One of its main objectives is to help companies in their business development and commercialisation challenges related to solutions developed under AAL projects and offers a wide variety of support actions addressing AAL JP projects in different stages of their lifecycle: before obtaining the funding, during the implementation and after the end of the projects.

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