Services - 19573-2016

20/01/2016    S13    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

Switzerland-Geneva: Design and execution of research and development

2016/S 013-019573

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) — Lead procurer
Geneva 23
Contact person: Dante Gregorio
Telephone: +41 227676335
Fax: +41 227669912
NUTS code: CH013

Internet address(es):

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.1)Name and addresses
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
PO Box 3640
Contact person: Andreas Heiss
Telephone: +49 721608-25639
Fax: +49 721608-24972
NUTS code: DE122

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Main address:

I.1)Name and addresses
PO Box 94613
1090 GP
Contact person: Axel Berg
Telephone: +31 208001300
NUTS code: NL326

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Main address:

I.1)Name and addresses
Institut de Fisica d'Altes Energies
Campus UAB. Edifici Cn. Bellaterra, Cerdanyola Del Valles
Contact person: Mari Carmen Porto
Telephone: +34 935814109
Fax: +34 935814110
NUTS code: ES51

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Main address:

I.1)Name and addresses
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
United Kingdom
Contact person: Denise Small
Telephone: +44 1235445121
NUTS code: UKK14

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Main address:

I.1)Name and addresses
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchroton (DESY)
Notkestrasse 85
Contact person: Martin Gasthuber
Telephone: +49 4089982564
Fax: +49 4089942564
NUTS code: DE600

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Main address:

I.1)Name and addresses
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
3 rue Michel-Ange
Paris Cedex 16
Contact person: Natacha Moquet
Telephone: +33 144964318
Fax: +33 144964914
NUTS code: FR101

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Main address:

I.1)Name and addresses
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Meyerhofstrasse 1
Contact person: Steven Newhouse
Telephone: +44 1223494651
Fax: +44 1223494468
NUTS code: DE125

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I.1)Name and addresses
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN)
Via Enrico Fermi, 40, Frascati
Contact person: Martina Allegro
Telephone: +39 0512095261
Fax: +39 0512095080
NUTS code: ITD55

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract involves joint procurement
In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law:

Specific requirements for innovation procurement (PCP/PPI) supported by Horizon 2020 grants; Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement; General Conditions for Invitations to Tender by CERN.

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: High Energy Physics Laboratory

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement.

Reference number: 687614
II.1.2)Main CPV code
73300000 - JA17
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

This PIN is to announce an open market consultation and early announcement of the HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) of a joint science cloud platform for the European research community. The cloud platform will combine several sub-challenges requiring a combination of services at the IaaS level integrated into an environment supporting the full life-cycle of science work-flows.

This PCP will develop a set of requirements for cloud services addressing the needs of a group of buyers from across Europe that serve multiple data-intensive research communities. The R&D services to be developed will need to be integrated with the resources in data centres operated by the buyers group and European-scale publicly funded e-Infrastructures using open source solutions to build a hybrid platform on which a competitive marketplace of European cloud players can develop their own services for a wider range of users beyond research and science.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 5 383 332.00 EUR
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: 00
Main site or place of performance:

R&D services to be developed will be integrated with resources in data centres operated by buyers group and European-scale publicly funded e-Infrastructures using open source solutions (see II.1.4) above).

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The buyers group need a means to increase analysis capability and capacity offered to their users to keep pace with growth in scientific data that needs to be analysed. The cloud platform must be available to end-users distributed around the world in an on-demand and elastic manner with Reliability, Availability and Security (RAS). This will include providing cost-effective services exploiting capacity-style CPU cycles and online storage connected via high-speed networks that can execute a range of scientific workloads from compute intensive simulations to data intensive analysis. The core of this innovative approach lies in the federation with publicly funded e-Infrastructures based on open source solutions, to build a hybrid platform on top of which a range of higher-level user specific services can be deployed. Emphasis will be given to trusted cloud services supporting internationally recognised security standards capable of supporting an open ecosystem federating multiple suppliers.

II.2.14)Additional information

The PCP duration is 1.1.2016 to 30.6.2018. R&D services contracts will be awarded to a number of R&D providers in parallel to compare competing solutions. This will be done in a phased approach with a framework agreement covering 3 phases (solution design, prototyping, pilot deployments made available to end users from research communities supported by buyers group) over a period of approx. 24 months.

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

The open market consultation will be held at CERN on 17.3.2016. Interested parties are requested to register for the event no later than 29.2.2016 at

Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The event can also be followed online via a webcast for registered participants. Background information about the PCP and information (Q&A) provided during and as a result of the open market consultation can be retrieved from the Helix Nebula website

This PIN and the open market consultation are not part of any pre-qualification or selection process. Responding to this PIN and attending the open market consultation is not a prerequisite for participation in any subsequent procurement.

This PCP procurement receives funding under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Horizon 2020 grant agreement No 687614

The EU is however not participating as a contracting authority in this procurement.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: