Social Innovation Responsive Environments NETwork

Programme: HORIZON-EIE-2022-CONNECT-01-02
Duration: 01/11/2022 – 31/10/2024

Scope and objectives

The main aim of the SIRENE is to support the growth of social innovation ecosystems delivering eco-friendly and sustainable community-based services for SHAFE (Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments) implementation in Europe, by providing a workable framework for investment and the broad adoption of high-quality smart living solutions, combining the housing sector and ICT infrastructure.

SIRENE identifies a diverse approach: connect stakeholders by having them working together towards a Social Innovation framework and supporting tools, claiming that this joint collaborative and co-creative work will:

  • Increase awareness of innovation actors on social innovation concepts, methods
    and the skills to leverage them.
  • Make social entrepreneurs aware of potential business opportunities, funding and investment around SHAFE.
  • Create alliances and synergies between different stakeholders within ecosystems and between ecosystems.
  • Ensure that business actors have access to social innovation and entrepreneurial knowledge.
  • Unleash the potential of social innovation ecosystems on SHAFE.

ECHAlliance role

ECHAlliance will lead the support measures towards stakeholders and will leverage on its network for the selection and set-up of SIRENE’s ecosystems.
ECHAlliance will lead the Selection and Set-up of Ecosystems (Task 2.2). The project will establish 27 national ecosystems / Living labs (with stakeholders from all relevant areas for eco-friendly environments, including innovation actors, social entrepreneurs, citizens, caregivers and community leaders) that will work as knowledge-based communities (in line with the Six-Sigma methodology).
ECHAlliance will also lead the Capacity-building and learning exchange (Task 3.2). 12 sessions are foreseen during the project, involving at least 500 people in all sessions.
Last but not least, ECHAlliance will lead the Policy uptake and liaison with relevant initiatives (Task 4.3). This task will supervise all activities related to the cross-initiatives’ engagement leveraging the vast network connections and participating in concertation and liaison activities with the other projects funded under this topic or other relevant topics, as well as several pertinent initiatives to SIRENE.


The SIRENE consortium brings together 6 partners (SHINE2EUROPE, AFEDEMY, ECHAlliance, F6S, ISRAA and TECNALIA) from 5 EU countries (Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Italy and Spain).


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