PROEIPAHA – Coordination, Support and Promotion activities in favour of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPAHA)

Programme: Horizon 2020
Project Status: COMPLETED (January 2015 – December 2016)


What aims and scope

To support the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPAHA) activities, increase the impact of the EIPAHA at a systemic level and help the EIPAHA to innovate itself to be fit for the future. 

How it became possible 

The 14-partner project adopted a two-tier approach:

  • (internal) To reinforce the activity, output and impact of the EIPAHA 
  • (external) To increase its influence as a “policy catalyser” in the broader European economy

PROEIPAHA served as a set of support actions to the existing structures of governance, such as coordinators and thematic networks, to provide the tools and methodologies to help them deliver the expected results. For example:

  • Deliver efficient and practical support to the existing Action Groups during Action Plan implementation (Support – Communication – Dissemination)
  • Facilitate the execution of new Action Plans stemming from new priority action areas identified in the Strategic Implementation Plan of EIPAHA
  • Identify any new areas that can be regarded as future priority action areas
  • Work together with the European Commission, as well as national, regional and local authorities to develop recommendations for a more favourable and standardised regulatory environment

Where EHMA delivered

EHMA acted as a significant contributing partner across the work areas, including knowledge sharing, policy analysis, preparation and analysis of surveys, and traditional and social media dissemination.


PROEIPAHA is a Support Action for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 643803. This page and the publications contained herein only reflect the author’s views. The European Union is not liable for any use that might be made of the information contained in this page and publications.


The PROEIPAHA project presented recommendations that would invite a more standardised regulatory environment and address the challenge of an ageing population.

The actions support existing and future Action Plans and provide expert knowledge on Research and Innovation on active and healthy ageing, policy and legislation, monitoring, innovation procurement and knowledge-sharing tools and governance methods.


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