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Belgium-Brussels: Innovation and business management training: developing capacities in the Enterprise Europe Network and supporting innovation associates in SMEs
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: http://ec.europa.eu/EASME
Section II: Object
Innovation and business management training: developing capacities in the Enterprise Europe Network and supporting innovation associates in SMEs.
The call for tenders is for the provision of training in the area of innovation management and industrial innovation/business management. The aim is to improve the knowledge and skills related to innovation management in 2 distinct target groups:
— business support organisations that are partners in the Enterprise Europe Network,
— a group of experienced researchers that temporarily work in SMEs in the context of the European SME innovation associate — pilot.
Ultimately, the provided training shall contribute to a better availability of innovation management skills and consulting services for SMEs, thereby empowering them to manage innovation processes more efficiently and to higher economic impact.
This call is divided into 2 lots:
— lot 1: further developing the consulting capacity in innovation management in the Enterprise Europe Network,
— lot 2: core training on industrial innovation management in the context of the European SME innovation associate — pilot.
Further developing consulting capacity in innovation management in the Enterprise Europe Network
The tasks are to be performed at the premises designated by the contractor, save a maximum of 6 coordination meetings at EASME's or the European Commission's premises in Brussels.
Lot 1 of this call for tenders aims at improving the quality of these innovation management support services for SMEs delivered by the Enterprise Europe Network. To this end, a training environment is required to build and expand the competences of innovation management advisers working in the Enterprise Europe Network, providing:
— general introductory training in ‘innovation management’ for staff who are new to these consulting tasks,
— specialised training/capacity building in the different parts and processes of innovation management systems in SMEs.
As a result of this contract, it is expected that a maximum number of Enterprise Europe Network innovation experts who deliver services ‘enhancing the innovation management capacities of SMEs’ are trained and expand their knowledge in innovation management consultancy. These newly acquired skills will be deployed immediately in the Network's delivery of innovation management support. They will also help to widen the access of SMEs to qualified innovation management consulting throughout the EU.
Core training on industrial innovation management in the context of the European SME innovation associate — pilot
It is expected that around 12 working days of training will be provided to each innovation associate, including online training. Participation in the training programme is compulsory for all innovation associates who are part of the INNOSUP-2-2016 pilot action. It is estimated that up to 90 innovation associates and up to 90 supervisors will be eligible to receive training.
As a result of the training, the innovation associates who are most likely to be PhD holders in technical subjects will acquire a specific additional qualification that allows them to act as ‘innovation managers’ in industry and, in particular, in the SMEs supported by the grants awarded under INNOSUP-02-2016 (innovation associate — pilot).
The training programme should also support the follow-up and upscaling of the ideas into research projects/products, by providing specific sessions on European-level funding schemes for a period of 1–2 working days.
Apart from supporting the exploration of the up to 90 innovation business ideas selected under the SME innovation associate programme, the training could also be the opportunity to learn and develop.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
See Internet address provided in Section I.3.
Section IV: Procedure
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), Covent Garden 2, Room COV 212/191, place Rogier 16, 1210 Brussels, BELGIUM.
Section VI: Complementary information
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu