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The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) "More Years, Better Lives (ERANET-CE)


The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) "More Years, Better Lives - The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change" seeks to enhance coordination and collaboration between European and national research programmes related to demographic change.

Areas affected by demographic change cover a wide range of research fields and policy topics ranging from health to social welfare, education & learning, work & productivity to housing, urban & rural development and mobility. The JPI "More Years, Better Lives" therefore follows a transnational, multi-disciplinary approach

The aim of the call is to support research which will improve the understanding of how different approaches to welfare secure the quality of life, especially on older people. The objective is to develop comparative perspectives on "welfare models", and the ways in which they are changing, drawing on the great diversity of approaches to welfare across Europe and Canada. A better understanding of these differences can help policymakers to identify potential ways of meeting needs, as their own models evolve in response to changing demographic pressures and circumstances. Because welfare models involve a complex interaction of public, private and voluntary activity, understanding them, their impact and the ways in which they are changing, will draw on expertise from many academic disciplines. Therefore proposals shall have an interdisciplinary nature.

Proposals may address one or more of these three research topics:

  • Understanding wellbeing: how appropriate are current measures of wellbeing across the changing life course?
  • Intergenerational relationships: how can welfare models distribute resources, rights and responsibilities in fair and sustainable ways?
  • Welfare models: How can welfare models secure the health and wellbeing for older people confronted to caring needs, subject to frailty and nearing the end of life?


Only transnational projects will be funded.

  • Each proposal must involve a minimum of three eligible applicants from at least three different countries participating in the call.
  • The maximum number of eligible participants in a project consortium is seven.
  • The consortium should be reasonably balanced, not more than two eligible applicants per country/funding organization are allowed.
  • Participants not eligible to be funded (e.g. from non-funding countries or not fundable according to national regulations of the participating funding countries) may participate in a project proposal if they are able to secure their own funding. Such participants should state in advance the source of funding for their part in the project. However, the majority of participant groups in a consortium and the Coordinator shall be eligible to be funded by the participating funding organisations, according to the national regulations (the list of National Contact Points is provided in Annex I).
  • Each applicant can submit up to two research proposals as partner or only one as Coordinator (e.g. the Coordinator of a proposal cannot be partner in another proposal. Please note that all the rules are subject to national regulations, therefore applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their national contact points to check their national eligibility rules before submission.


11 April 2016


Up to 3 years

Processing of grants

Applicants are strongly advised to contact their relevant funding organisation contact person before submitting an application; please note that for some countries it might be mandatory (see Annex I).


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