Developing, piloting and validating smart care models in Danube region for supporting social innovation, improving competences and entrepreneurship


The recent unfavourable demographic processes left their significant stamp on the labour force in whole Danube region. The mobility opportunities left whole regions without qualified persons. The young people seek better work opportunities in bigger cities or abroad, which has left the elderly people living in rural and urban areas living alone. In order to revive the regions and to encourage the population to be a part of the labour market and at the same time to guarantee the access to general services for elderly population we have to admit that new, innovative and cross-sectoral services are needed. Therefore D-CARE action is focused on establishing a transnational cooperation network that will design, test and implement the model of Innovative Learning Environments for elderly people 55+, in 9 Danube regions, in order to facilitate the creation, validation and deployment of smart care services that will strengthen and integrate regional social and healthcare systems by improving competences and generating innovative smart care models. Danube region needs to better capitalize on the potential of its increasingly changing and diverse population.

The project vision is applied from the consortium building stage. This means that it envisages a strategic integration at horizontal, vertical and geographical levels: i.e. competences, activities and sectors.

The project addresses the upper mentioned societal challenges through its three main action pillars:
1) Innovative Learning Networked Environments
2) Smart Care Pilots deployed in 5 project regions for development, testing, validation and implementation of smart care models
3) Transnational Policy Learning Centre for smart care policies design
Through D-CARE results, 8 Danube regions will have improved capacities and skills to meet the employment needs of its population and elderly people will receive new smart care services.

The project consortium is consist of 27 project partners from 9 Danube region countries and brings together national and regional, public and private organizations and universities.

Lead Partner is the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hateganu” Cluj Napoca, Romania


• „Dr. Vasile Micu” Association, Romania
• National Human Management Association, Hungary
• Mayor’s Office of the City of Kaba, Hungary
• DBH Investment Venture Capital Fund Management Public Limited Company, Hungary
• CedarNet Association, Hungary
• Univerzita Jana Evangelisty Purkyně v Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
• Volunteer Center, Czech Republic
• BioLAGO e.V., Germany
• Gruenderschiff UG (haftungsbeschraenkt) & Co. KG, Germany
• University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
• RDA Green Karst, ltd., Slovenia
• Municipality Ilirska Bistrica, Slovenia
• Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations – Varna, Bulgaria
• National Alliance for Social Responsibility, Bulgaria
• Johanniter Austria Research and Education, Austria
• UIV-Urban Innovation Vienna, Austria
• City of Prijedor, Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Banja Luka Region, Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Public Medical Sanitary Institution Institute of Oncology, Moldova

Associated Partners

• Cluj Napoca City Hall, Romania
• Local Action Group Brdy-Vltava, Czech Republic
• Lovosice Municipal Authority, Czech Republic
• Tisa Local Authority, Czech Republic
• Municipality of Aksakovo, Bulgaria
• INNOVA Észak-Alföld Regional Development and Innovation Agency Nonprofit Limited Liability Company, Hungary
• Public Institution Retirement Home Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina

The duration of project activities implementation is 30 months – from 01.07.2020 to 31.12.2022

Overall Budget: 2 648 285,00 EUR
ERDF: 2 054 556,25 EUR
IPA: 107 440,00 EUR
ENI: 89 046,00 EUR

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Project co-funded by European Union Funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI).


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