Vitalise 2nd TA Open Call
Vitalise 2nd TA Open Call
2022-11-21 10:20:04

The 2nd Open Call for Transnational Access in VITALISE Project is now open and we are looking forward to receiving your applications.

Through the Transnational Access (TA) Programme, VITALISE project opens up the infrastructure of Nagykovácsi Wellbeing Living Lab to external researchers from multiple disciplines, so that they conduct their research studies for free. The external researchers applying for TA may choose to work on their own projects preferebly related to one of the main research areas of the project, Everyday living environments. The specific description of the possible research where your contribution would be more than welcome, carried out in our LL can be read here.
TA can be (i) fully in-person, (ii) partially remote (i.e., in-person access for a specific time period combined with remote access to the infrastructure’s facilities for the rest of the unit of access) or (iii) fully remote. During in-person TA, researchers will receive financial support for travel subsistence and daily allowance, while there will be no refund during the remote period of access. Nagykovácsi Wellbeing Living Lab has an estimated access time of 30 days (unit of access) for each project.

How can I apply?

Follow the steps indicated below to ensure a successful application.

1) Explore and Contact the Infrastructure of Nagykovácsi Wellbeing Living Lab

First step in the application process is to read about the Research Infrastructure of Nagykovácsi Wellbeing Living Lab and initiate contact. Make sure you pay attention to all the details that are necessary for successfully implementing your research proposal.

See the description of our Living Lab and the contact info at the "What we offer" section.

2) Consult the Application Procedure with Nagykovácsi Wellbeing Living Lab

For further information and guidance about the application process, procedures and terms and conditions please make sure to consult our Living Lab.

3) Download the Application Template and Submit

Download the Application template according to which you are going to write your research proposal. Submit your Application through the Toolkit.

* Please bear in mind that in your application form you MUST use the following template that is available in .odt and .docx format below:

VITALISE-Open Calls-Application Template_2nd Open Call_v2.0.odt

VITALISE-Open Calls-Application Template_2nd Open Call_v2.0.docx


What we offer?


The Innovation Lodge, being a physical entity, provides great infrastructure such as a state of the art info-communication system, several well equipped meeting rooms and a kitchen, in addition to car parking facilities and a nice garden.

Area(s) of work

Areas of work: Health & Wellbeing, Social Innovation, Rural, Culture and Creativity.



Staff Expertise

Pedagogues, psychologists, designers, engineers, innovation managers, youth workers, project managers, financial managers.


Nagykovácsi Wellbeing Living Lab offers the following services:

→Networking and capacity building: Capacity building; Equipment and facility rental service; Expert opinion, and advisory services; Grant writing and funding application support service; Temporary research funding; Innovation network orchestration; Stakeholder (and partner) analysis and mapping.

→Project planning and management: Expert opinion, and advisory services; Temporary research funding. Planning to offer: Intake and matching; Living lab project planning and management.

→Market and competitor intelligence services: Expert opinion, and advisory services; Legal, regulation and safety standard support.

→Co-creation: Stakeholder (and partner) analysis and mapping. Planning to offer: Co-creation session; Expert opinion, and advisory services.

→Testing and validation: Expert opinion, and advisory services; Idea selection and testing. Planning to offer: Impact assessment and validation test; Small-scale real-life testing and experimentation; Usability testing.

→Advisory services: Expert opinion, and advisory services; Legal, regulation and safety standard support.

Visit our Living Lab Harmonisation Wiki Page for detailed descriptions of the Research & Development services that Living Labs offer.


The following technologies and devices are available for research purposes at Nagykovácsi Wellbeing Living Lab:

→Activity Tracking/Monitoring

  • Body Position (Fitbit Flex)
  • Physical activity (Fitbit Flex)
  • Physical performance (Fitbit Flex, BMI index, Rickli and Jones test)
  • Sleep (Fitbit Flex)
  • Steps (Fitbit Flex)
  • Well-being evaluation (Questionnaire)

→Assisting Technology: Engaged Users (Motivation tests)

→Biometrics: heart rate (Fitbit Flex)

→Cognitive function: Cognitive training (Online platform (Menta, Mindwellness))

→Physiological monitoring: Weight BMI (HealthForYOu scales)

→Other: blood- grease%, Muscle weight, bone weight, body water% (HealthForYOu scales)

Visit our Living Lab Harmonisation Wiki Page for more details regarding Living Lab technologies and devices.

Use Cases based on Researchers Expertise

Researchers from the following domains have been identified as the most suitable for Transnational Access to Nagykovácsi Wellbeing Living Lab (the list is non-exhaustive):

→Experts in communication studies: Defining written, oral, visual and digital communication within a certain workplace. Evaluating (multi professional) healthcare team collaboration, communication and debriefing in various healthcare situations in simulated environments (especially in Simulation lab)

→Social workers/researchers: Conducting an investigation in accordance with the scientific methods and tools, studying the impact of new care models and/or care innovations on society, developing models for a caring and inclusive society

→Experts in sport science: Experimenting novel training methods, and their effectiveness in various dimensions such as safety, engagement, and physical capabilities. Studying the impact of physical movements in various functions and wellbeing features

→Experts in performing arts: Creative health improvement (e.g., for cognitive decline) through music and dance (example: redesigning public spaces into healthy spaces: test and validate Smart methodologies, products and services through folk dance)

→Pedagogues/educators: Evaluating different pedagogical approaches and their impact learning performance (especially in Simulation lab)

→Innovation and design management researchers: Ecosystem and innovation management research, social network analysis. Evaluating how health and wellbeing ecosystem operates between different actors at local, regional, national and international level, including also scaling and commercialization

Contact person: Enikő Nagy

The specific description of the possible research where your contribution would be more than welcome

Cross-country case study 4: Multidimensional physical fitness testing protocol for aging persons

Why: With aging people, functional independence is directly dependent on physical fitness. Ageing is inevitably associated with the declining functions of systems and organs (heart, lungs, blood vessels, skeletal muscles) that determine physical fitness. However, ageing is a complex process involving many variables that interact with one another e.g. lifestyle factors, chronic diseases and genetics. Relatively little is known about the physical fitness levels needed for maintaining physical independence. Many studies have shown that measurements of physical performance can predict future mobility disability, institutionalization and mortality. Studies have also shown a strong association between measurements of physical performance and self-reported mobility disability. However, most of these prospective studies used only a few measures of physical performance or were targeted at functionally limited persons, and therefore assessments have only limited value for counseling. Therefore, this case study is developing and testing a physical fitness testing protocol for aging persons in real-life settings in three countries: Finland, Spain and Hungary.

To whom – Sample size and recruitment: In Hungary, the sample group consists of persons over 55 years of old. Social media, posters in outdoor trail and fitness parks, former contact lists and snowball sampling are used for recruiting the participants. It is estimated that 30 to 50 persons will be recruited, but due dropouts during the training program, only 20 is expected to do the post-test.

What (materials): Each participant will have to fill informed consent form prior any measurements. Participant consent forms are tailored to meet the GDPR standards and local ethical requirements in Hungary. Two similar score sheets will be created for the physical fitness measurements – one for the participant and one for the researchers. General reference values and the interpretation of the results will be presented after the measurement session. This material will also be displayed on the www-pages for participants to view later. Participants will also fill a self-completion quality of life questionnaire (WHOQOL) before the test and User Experience Questionnaire (UEQ) at the end of test. Security of the participants in the event is carefully designed and considered. Security plan has been developed and will be gone through for all the participating event staff member. For the assessment/measurement simple material will be used including stop watches, tape measures, chairs, hand weights and cones.

In Hungary, participants will receive information regarding the 8 week training program and the related relax exercises. Training program utilizes 1.5 km outdoor fitness trail having 19 physical exercise stations equipped with information boards, which show different variations how to use the stations and how to get to the next station.

What (procedures): In Hungary, physical fitness is measured by following a protocol defined in senior fitness test manual [28]. After finishing the measurement track, participants will fill User Experience Questionnaire (UEQ), which in addition also includes an open text box to propose improvement suggestions or to give complaints about the testing procedure.

In Hungary and Spain the physical fitness testing battery is used to determine the baseline (T0, before start of the training program intervention) and to conduct the post-measure (T1) at the end of the 8 week training program. Participants’ daily activities are also measured with Armband device for 4 days during the training period. In Hungary, the training program includes outdoor trainings on the fitness trails having 19 stations in 1.5 km route. Feedback is collected from participants after the training interventions.

How: During the measurement day in Finland and Spain, there will be an open access time period when measurements are conducted by following walk-in principle. Participants will circulate individually from measurement point to another, where they receive instructions from students (physiotherapy or similar). After finishing the measurement track, participants will go to the meeting point where general reference values and the interpretation of the results can be self-read from presented materials. In the meeting point participants will also fill UEQ questionnaire. In Hungary, the process is similar but participants are invited and measurement track is based on a protocol as defined senior fitness test manual [28].

The physical fitness testing protocol will be first run in Finland. Afterwards modifications are made to testing protocol if change needs are identified based participant feedback. The same or revised protocol is then utilized in Spain to collect the cross country data. In Hungary, a different protocol [28] is utilized to get the baseline for user experience and to be able to compare how the extended measurement protocol is influencing to the user experience. At the end of the project, results comparison regarding measurement day experiences are made between the three countries and two different measurement protocols.

The participants receiving Armband device will be invited to specific location (e.g. university campus), where they receive detailed information about the test and how to keep the activity diary. In Spain some of the participants will also receive a Galaxy Watch 3 device, which is used for similar purposes as the Armband device. In Finland, participants will keep the device for one day (24 hours). In Hungary and Spain, participants will keep it for four days (96 hours). Due the limited number of devices and device rotation, the measurements time will vary between participants.

In Hungary, outdoor trainings on the fitness trails will be introduced by guided visits where participants can try and experience the fitness station activities with the help of a qualified trainer. In the fitness stations participants do exercises with their own body weight. At the stations, boards show the planned, recommended tasks that participants can do by three variants and how to get to the next station. Feedback collection and post measurement (T1) is done after the 8 weeks of training interventions.

Where: In Hungary, the pre measurement day will take place at Trebag premises and Rákospalota Elderly Centre. The 8 week training program is taking place at protected natural parks in Budapest, which is equipped with various fitness equipment.

When and how much: The first measurement events in each country will happen during one or two days in spring-summer 2023 at a spacious venue (e.g. sporthall, gym or similar space having enough space to establish the measurement track). Each participants will complete the measurement track once15-20 minutes. In Hungary, after the measurement event the outdoor fitness training program start and it will last 8 weeks.  


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