"Clusters4Future" - Cologne Cluster for Healthy & Active Ageing (CCAA) among the 16 finalists


These are the 16 locations of the "future cluster" candidates. © BMBF

A jury of experts has selected 16 out of 137 proposals for funding for a conception phase in the "Clusters4Future" ideas competition. The six-month phase will be funded with up to 250,000 euros. At the end, up to 7 successful concepts for future clusters will be selected and funded with up to five million euros annually.

The Cologne Cluster for Healthy & Active Ageing" (CCAA), which was successful in the first round of the competition, has the goal of leading research results of biomolecular and clinical ageing research into modern, knowledge-based personalised ageing medicine and care. CCAA aims to find solutions for the requirements of the increasing number of older people in society through the joint work of scientists from CECAD, the University of Cologne, Cologne University Hospital, the Max Planck Institute for the Biology of Ageing and other players from the Cologne Metropolitan Area. Participation in the competition of the BMBF funding initiative is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Oliver Cornely for the CCAA.
Commenting on the initiative, Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek said: "Germany is a country of innovation. The economic strength and prosperity of our country is based on our innovative strength. And we must strengthen our innovative strength in order to be able to continue to compete internationally. To do this, we need strong regions throughout Germany. They are the basis for growth. They are the key to making scientific progress tangible in people's lives.

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