Eleven companies given funding for nutritional innovation for the elderly
Eleven small and medium-sized enterprises across Europe are set to receive a share of €425,000 from the innovative INCLuSilver project to develop personalised nutritional solutions for those aged over 50.
INCluSilver, an EU funded programme of which the University of Surrey is a key partner, supports small and medium-sized enterprises in developing pioneering ideas in nutrition for older citizens and is no stranger in supporting projects who share their vision.
Amongst the successful projects in this round of funding is Danish firm FermBiotics ApS. Their innovative project will develop a lactic acid fermented dietary supplement that can help those with high cholesterol problems and will investigate the relationship between packaging and how it can impact food products.
Other projects include the development of nourishing, allergen-free and plant-based products that are customised to needs of elderly consumers by Swedish company, Veg of Lund.
Professor Helen Griffiths, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, said:
“We marvel at the level of innovation in the applications we receive from all over the EU. The benefits of nutrition should never be under estimated as it is an integral part of maintaining good health, particularly of those over 50.
“We will continue to fund those who can truly make a difference in the lives of our elderly through unique solutions.”
Another chance for SMEs to apply for more funding
SMEs are invited to apply for a share of €1.18 million from INCluSilver in the third round of applications, which is open until Friday, 15 September 2018.
INCluSilver offers funding through its innovation vouchers which are split into 3 different categories that range in value from €3,000 to €60,000. SMEs from the following INCluSilver member countries are welcome to apply: Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
“By funding these projects, we not only get a chance to improve the lives of the elderly, but we also get to support some brilliant SMEs and boost our country’s economy, as well as that of the EU,” says Professor Helen Griffiths from the University of Surrey.
Besides funding, INCluSilver hosts entrepreneurial events where SMEs from across Europe can network and inspire each other, effectively offering SMEs a fast track into European and international markets.
INCluSilver is Europe's biggest project to date for better solutions within personalised nutrition for Europe’s growing Silver Economy. The project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme and unites nine partner countries from across Europe, encompassing seven clusters and two universities from five sectors, a distinguished panel of experts, and almost 900 SMEs. For more information visit: www.inclusilver.eu or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter at: @inclusilver.