Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development (BRAID) is an EU FP7 Support Action funded within the specific programme "Cooperation" and the research theme "ICT" of the 7th European Framework Programme (Objective ICT-2009.7.1 ICT & Ageing). This project started in Mar of 2010 and will last until Mar of 2012.
BRAID aims to develop a comprehensive Research and Technological Development (RTD) roadmap for active ageing by consolidating existing roadmaps and by describing and launching a stakeholder co-ordination and consultation mechanism. The project will characterise key research challenges and produce a vision for a comprehensive approach in supporting the well-being and socio-economic integration of increasing numbers of senior citizens in Europe.
BRAID has three main objectives, to:
- Create a dynamic ICT and Ageing roadmap that addresses older people's needs not
otherwise well met, that identifies and benefits from best practices in the EU and
elsewhere and that analyses current and potential gaps in knowledge and execution;
- Instantiate a strategic research agenda that tracks and builds upon existing, emerging and disruptive technologies and that responds to the changing socio-economic conditions of stakeholders;
- Expand the BRAID networks of contacts to build a self-sustaining co-ordination mechanism which is viral and ubiquitous and reaches out across the heterogeneity of stakeholders.
BRAID will build upon the experience and knowledge developed in previous projects while taking account of e-inclusion efforts in the EU27 as well as Australia, Canada, Japan and the US. The team is a unique group made up by representatives of the four FP7 ICT and Ageing roadmap consortia (AALIANCE, CAPSIL, ePAL, SENIOR) and gathers together EU excellence in the field of ICT and Ageing from the main, relevant perspectives.