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This week's "innovation" contracts from the EU - tens of millions of Euros for absolute bullshit

As our reader RL observed, no wonder the UK wanted out!

From: TII Secretariat [mailto:tii@tii.org]
Sent: Tuesday, 10 April 2018 8:00 PM
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Subject: Tenders Alert from TII Project Lab

TENDERS ALERT FROM TII PROJECT LAB

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CSA-FOR-LIGHTHOUSE INITIATIVE INDUSTRY4.E

Ref: ECSEL-2018-3-CSA-Industry4E

Deadline: 24 May 2018, Call budget: EUR 500 000, Type of action: ECSEL-CSA ECSEL Coordination & Support Action

the Lighthouse Initiative Industry4.E represents an important effort in the field of the Digitalisation of European Industry. The present call is for a Coordination and Support Action to support the Lighthouse Initiative in establishing the Lighthouse and its coordination with other national activities in the field. Proposals should aim at coordinating the relevant stakeholders, project consortia, as well as policy makers, addressing all of the following: a) Establish a communication platform for all stakeholders; b) Promote the objectives of the Lighthouse Initiative; c) Facilitate connections between the stakeholders; d) Help shaping the Lighthouse Initiative during and beyond H2020; e) Organize outreach events; f) Facilitate dialogue between all stakeholders; g) Help the networking of respective national and international activities in the field.

ESTABLISHING AND OPERATING A PILOT FOR A CYBERSECURITY COMPETENCE NETWORK TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A COMMON CYBERSECURITY RESEARCH & INNOVATION ROADMAP

Ref: SU-ICT-03-2018

Deadline: 29 May 2018, Budget: EUR 50 million, Type of action: RIA Research and Innovation Action

The objective of this topic is to scale up existing research for the benefit of the cybersecurity of the Digital Single Market, with solutions that can be marketable. For this, participants should in parallel propose, test, validate and exploit the possible organizational, functional, procedural, technological and operational setup of a cybersecurity competence network with a central competence hub. To achieve the above, support will go to consortia of competence centres in cybersecurity to engage together in: a) Common research, development and innovation in next generation industrial and civilian cybersecurity technologies (including dual-use), applications and services; b) Strengthening cybersecurity capacities across the EU and closing the cyber skills gap; c) Supporting certification authorities with testing and validation labs equipped with state of the art technologies and expertise.

H2020-EUROPEAN-I-CAPITAL-PRIZE-2018: THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF INNOVATION AWARD (ICAPITAL)

Deadline: 21 June 2018, Call budget: EUR 1 500 000, Types of action: RPr Recognition Prize

The call aims to award a European prize to the most innovative city ecosystem. The award will raise the profile of the city teams that have developed and implemented innovative policies; enhance citizens' role in finding local solutions and participating in the decision-making process; facilitate the city’s attractiveness towards investors, industry, top-class talents and entrepreneurial individuals; help the city open up connections with others and cooperate with them, thus inspiring and helping identify best practices to be replicated across Europe.

Other calls and service tenders

FOSTERING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SME INTERNATIONALISATION BY SUPPORTING SME NETWORKS FOR EXPORT (Call addressed to Enterprise Europe Network partners in the EU)

Ref: 282/G/GRO/PPA/18/10479

Deadline: 19 June 2018, Call budget: EUR 1 500 000 (up to 90% cofinancing), Type of action: Call for Proposal

The overall objective of this call is to assist European SMEs to develop, further expand or improve their international business by creating SME networks to exploit foreign markets for export purposes. European SME capacity to go international can increase by easing cooperation among small groups of companies to improve their competitiveness. Getting together, they can improve performance, increase their visibility and enhance their internationalisation strategy and performance. The activities envisaged under this action include: a) Identification/selection of SMEs with potential to successfully participate in an SME network; b) Preparing them for internationalisation, training and coaching; c) Implementation of the SME networking activities; d) Results and policy recommendations.

INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SME HELPDESKS

Ref: EASME/COSME/2018/002

Deadline: 23 April 2018, Value excluding VAT: EUR 10 million (3 lots, each comprising between EUR 3.2 - 3.4 million depending on lot), Type of action: open procedure (service tender)

This is a call for tenders in the form of an open procedure to conclude 3 service contracts. Each service contract will comprise the operation of the international Intellectual Property (IP) Helpdesks with respect to a specific geographical area, namely:

  • Lot 1: China IPR Helpdesk
  • Lot 2: South-east Asia IPR Helpdesk
  • Lot 3: Latin America IPR Helpdesk

The general objective of the international IP Helpdesks is to contribute to the internationalisation of EU SMEs by providing them with expert advice on how to protect and enforce their IP in or relating to China, South-east Asia, and Latin America.

MONITORING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AND KEY ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES

Ref: EASME/COSME/2017/043

Deadline: 29 April 2018, Value excluding VAT: EUR 2.2 million, Type of action: open procedure (service tender)

This is a call for tenders in the form of an open procedure to conclude 1 service contract in the context of the European strategy for Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). The general objective of this service contract is to further develop and create synergies between the KETs Observatory, the inventory and mapping of KETs Technology Centres and the Digital Transformation Monitor (DTM), with the aim of analysing and monitoring in a systematic way emerging digital and KETs trends, through the collection, publication and dissemination of relevant information and data.

MONITORING PROGRESS IN NATIONAL INITIATIVES ON DIGITISING INDUSTRY

Ref: SMART 2018/0002

Deadline: 4 May 2018, Value excluding VAT: EUR 300 000, Type of action: open procedure (service tender)

Reporting and monitoring the development of national initiatives on digitalisation is an important element of the Digitising European Industry (DEI) initiative. The objective of this study is to build a well-structured collection, monitoring and analysis instrument covering the whole European Union. This instrument provides consistent yearly digitalisation reports and analyses of measures in the broader framework of emerging digital growth strategies that are linked to national innovation and industrial policies over 3 years. It follows the main DEI action lines: boosting innovation capacity; regulatory framework; skill development; and national governance structure. The analysis will cover transversal elements, which are common to several Member States and are significant from the point of view of European added value. The analysis is accompanied by detailed country reports highlighting the national approaches to digitising industry, policies and investments.

MULTIPLE FRAMEWORK CONTRACT FOR STUDIES IN THE FIELD OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS

Ref: CDR/TL1/11/2018

Deadline: 14 May 2018, Value excluding VAT: EUR 400 000, Type of action: open procedure (service tender)

Multiple framework contract for studies in the field of external relations. The purpose of this framework contract is to set up a network of external experts that will provide the Committe of Regions (CoR) with a rapid response capability, allowing broader consultation of local and regional players, offering CoR commissions the possibility of drawing up specific opinions on topics of current interest and enabling the CoR to draw on databases and knowledge built up by research centres or universities in the evaluation of policies.

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CHINA PARTNERSHIP FACILITY

Ref: EuropeAid/139015/DH/SER/CN

Deadline: 7 May 2018, Service value: EUR 8 million, Type of action: restricted procedure (shortlisted candidates invited to tender)

The EU-China Partnership Facility (ECPF) aims to strengthen EU-China relations by supporting bilateral dialogues and partnerships in key priority areas of EU and mutual interest. The contractor will be responsible for the implementation of a broad range of services to support the Partnership, including inter alia: 1) organization of events - e.g. conferences, seminars, workshops, exchange visits, etc.; 2) provision of specialised expertise to relevant policy dialogues and stakeholders, e.g. technical experts and researchers, moderators, panellists, rapporteurs, speakers, etc.; 3) preparation of baseline, benchmarking and specific sector studies; 4) translation and interpretation services, as well as other monitoring, communication and visibility tools; 5) administration, backstopping and project management.

EU4DIGITAL: SUPPORTING DIGITAL ECONOMY AND SOCIETY IN THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP (ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, BELARUS, GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA, UKRAINE)

Ref: EuropeAid/139403/DH/SER/MULTI

Deadline: 11 May 2018, Maximum budget: EUR 11 million, Type of action: restricted procedure (shortlisted candidates invited to tender)

Building on the work done under the Eastern Partnership Harmonization of Digital Markets Panel and the EU4Digital Networks, the project will implement concrete recommendations and action plans agreed in the key areas identified of the digital economy and society in the Eastern Partnership region. With a specific focus on Telecom rules, digital Trust and Security, eTrade, ICT innovation, eHealth and eSkills, the project will address the necessary legislative and regulatory framework conditions for the development of the digital economy and society, the key enablers for electronic services and the development of cross-border eServices for businesses and citizens, including communication activities.

 

BUSINESS SUPPORT TO THE EU-INDIA POLICY DIALOGUES

Ref: EuropeAid/139493/DH/SER/IN

Deadline: 4 May 2018, Maximum budget: EUR 3 799 000, Type of action: restricted procedure (shortlisted candidates invited to tender)

This action aims to enrich EU-India Policy Dialogues with hands-on technical solutions from EU businesses, notably small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in key sectors, such as Environment, Energy, Climate and Urbanisation. By meeting the demand for knowledge and innovative technologies, this technical assistance contract will contribute to 1) strengthen the dialogue between European and Indian businesses and 2) increase and diversify the presence of EU companies, notably SMEs, in the Indian market by showcasing EU technologies, standards and business best-practices. It will also enable EU-wide advocacy efforts by EU Member States, EU business organisations and businesses, to remove trade barriers and identify regulatory and economic trends with a particular focus on the needs of EU SMEs.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION FACILITIES FOR IMPROVING THE REGIONAL COMPETITIVENESS OF FOOD INDUSTRY (target TURKEY regions)

Ref: EuropeAid/139146/IH/SER/TR

Deadline: 27 April 2018, Maximum budget: EUR 3 263 400, Type of action: restricted procedure (shortlisted candidates invited to tender)

The purpose of the contract is to:

  • set up a regional food technology platform (scientific and technological roadmap of the food and beverage sector for the upcoming 15 years as well as public/private sector awareness activities);
  • establish institutional capacity of a food innovation center and food safety laboratories (technology/knowledge transfer, networking and innovation addressed to SMEs);
  • support the operationalization, establishment and development of the institutional capacity of a regional technology platform for food innovation, a food innovation centre and food safety laboratories, including R&D and marketing capacity building activities for SMEs in the food sector.

If you are interested in following up on any of these calls, please get in touch with Francesca Chieruzzi or Maria Augusta Mancini at projectlab@tii.org

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