HZ University of Applied Sciences' research group Elderly Care is one of the partners in CrossCare 2.0, an Interreg Flanders-Netherlands project.

CrossCare is a large-scale European program in which eight Flemish and Dutch care living labs provide financial and substantive support for the development of new care innovations in the two regions. A successful CrossCare project already ran between 2016 and 2021. Thirty care innovations were supported during that period. In May, the application for CrossCare 2.0 was approved. Over the next three years, the project partners will continue along this path. The European Interreg program has provided a grant of four million euros.

Financial support

On the one hand, companies and healthcare organizations that develop innovations can receive financial support from the CrossCare Innovation Fund. This can amount up to 100,000 euros per organization. On the other hand, care living labs on both sides of the border support companies and care organizations by demonstrating, testing and evaluating innovations with end users. The HZ is in a living lab with Care Innovation Center and Coöperatie Slimmer Leven in North Brabant and Zuyd Hogeschool/EIZT in Limburg.