Research, “Emergency Early Warning Services and Rescue Management”: 68 proposals submitted for the call launched in May
Last 15 September was the deadline for the submission of proposals for the European Pre-Commercial Public Procurement on Emergency Early Warning Services and Rescue Management. This is the first call of this kind carried out by a central administration.
The proposals submitted were 68, demonstrating the great curiosity of the market for the pre-commercial procurement instrument. The call was the result of a market consultation launched on 30 October 2015 and which ended with the definition of the documents and the publication of the European call in May 2016. More than 200 operators took part in the consultation: mainly companies, but there was a significant presence of Universities and Public Research Institutions.
Pre-commercial procurement is an innovative type of contract aimed at promoting innovation to ensure sustainable, high quality services and is characterized by:
- acquisition of Research and Development (R&D) services through a public tender procedure before they are commercially available. The procedure is aimed at the production of, or substantial improvement of, innovative goods and services;
- co-funding of industrial research for the development of innovative services and products not yet on the market;
- sharing of risks and opportunities between procurers and suppliers;
- sharing of intellectual property rights on the results of the procurement, with the constraint that they should not belong exclusively to the contracting authority;
- competitive development in phases.
On the expiry day of the “Early Warning” call, 68 proposals were received, of which 36 for Lot 1, Real time monitoring of landslides,and 32 for Lot 2, Decision support for disaster response. The 36 proposals for Lot 1 came from 115 participants: 70% of participants were companies, 12% Universities, 10% Research Institutions, and the remaining were other entities considered eligible to participate in the call.
Similar results were reported for the 32 proposals for Lot 2. Proposals were submitted by a total of 93 applicants, 75% of which were companies and more than 20% Universities and Public Research Institutions.
The Administrative Committee will take office in the coming days to carry out the formal verification of the documents submitted. A Scientific Technical Evaluation phase will follow for the selection of the best proposals received, which will be funded and will have access to the “Phase One” of the call.
The high and qualified participation is a sign of the new research and innovation policy conducted by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), more suitable to provide adequate responses to the increasingly relevant social needs.