loneliness in the elderly Laboratory for research and
innovation in the field of
isolation and
Innovation Adapting technology to the needs of older
people living alone
and innovative
Impact in the battle
social isolation
Transfer of the impact
of the project results
to local, regional,
and national policies

Innovative transnational laboratory

dedicated to research and innovation in the field of social isolation and loneliness in the elderly.

9 partners

seeking solutions to the problem of social isolation and loneliness in the elderly.

3 countries

entities from Spain, Portugal, and France adding value and expertise.

ERDF funds

Project total €1,472,122.23
ERDF fund €1,104,091.67


The project lasts 27 months (1/11/2020 to 31/1/2023).

Being alone is very beautiful…
when you have
someone to talk
about it with.

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (1836-1870)


Join the initiative.

Research and knowledge

Join the project and participate actively to enrich and add value. Share your experience and join the leading transnational laboratory in the field of social isolation in older people.

Areas of action MOAI LABS


Entities from three European countries come together in the project, which is aimed at:

  • Public actors for innovation and technology transfer (regional innovation agencies).
  • Economic and socio-occupational actors/Business organisations.
  • Technology/science centres and parks.
  • Hospitals, clinics.
  • Public opinion in general.
  • Other public actors in innovation and technology transfer (regional innovation agencies).
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Areas of action

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    SPAIN: Castile and Leon, Catalonia, and the Region of Murcia.

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    PORTUGAL: Region of Lisbon and Central Portugal.

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    FRANCE: Occitanie and Nouvelle-Aquitanie.

MOAI Challenges. We create technological challenges.


A MOAI challenge is an innovative technology that addresses one or more dimensions of isolation/loneliness, as well as a community action methodology to implement it.


Each challenge will be led by a company or innovation agent (technology centre/expert) and requires different expertise to be carried out.


Challenges will focus on driving technological concepts or innovations in emerging areas of expertise such as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data, (e.g. learning algorithms to detect and/or predict trends), and virtualised assistants and/or social robotics (e.g. conversational agents such as chatbots, social bots) to better address loneliness and social isolation.

Project beneficiaries.

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What is SUDOE.

The Interreg Sudoe Programme supports regional development in south-western Europe, financing transnational projects through the ERDF Fund. It promotes transnational cooperation to address common problems in that territory, such as limited investment in research and development, lack of competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, and exposure to climate change and environmental risks.

The projects approved by the Programme fit into one of the five priority axes where transnational cooperation has the greatest impact in south-western Europe.  The MOAI LABS project fits into axis 1 of Research and Innovation.

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