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Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Scientific High-throughput and Unified Toolkit for Trace Analysis by Forensic Laboratories in Europe (SHUTTLE) Pre-Commercial Procurement
This PIN provides early information about the SHUTTLE project, received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 under grant agreement No. 786913. This PCP procurement is a joint procurement by different procurers across Europe that are all facing the same common challenge and are looking for similar solutions. Within SHUTTLE, a cost-effective, open machine integrating a rich toolkit for automated trace evidence analysis will be designed and built to provide scientific evidence in a high-throughput manner. SHUTTLE’s Common Challenge is to introduce this machine and toolkit in a unified way, so that cross-border and cross-laboratory collaboration will be improved and methodology and quality assurance accreditation in different laboratories will be homogenised.
The procurement will take the form of a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) under which R&D service contracts will be awarded to a number of R&D providers in parallel in a phased approach. Specific requirements for innovation procurement (PCP/PPI) supported by Horizon 2020 grants apply. The PCP will be implemented by means of a framework agreement with specific contracts for each of the 3 R&D phases. The three phases are:
1) Solution design;
2) Prototype development;
3) Operational Validation.
After each phase, intermediate evaluations will be carried out to progressively select the best of the competing solutions. The Contractors with the best-value-for-money solutions will be offered a specific contract for the next phase. The procurement is expected to start by May 2019 and end by October 2021. The selected operators will retain ownership of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) that they will generate during the PCP and will be able to use them to exploit the full market potential of the developed solutions.
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The contract is related to SHUTTLE project which received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 786913. The EU has given a grant for this procurement but is not participating as a Contracting Authority in the procurement. This PIN is published to announce an open market consultation on potential future procurement activity and is not a commitment to procure. It doesn't oblige the contracting authority to set limits to the content of the invitation to tender. The Contracting Authority involved in the SHUTTLE project is not legally bound in any way by the outcome of the market consultation. All interested operators are invited to take part in an open market consultation. The open market consultation will provide an overview on the procurement objectives, the PCP process and the main clauses of the contract. It is also not part of any pre-qualification or selection process. No advantage or disadvantage will be given to any supplier/group of suppliers to the detriment of others during the market consultation and the subsequent competitive procedure for the award of contracts procurement. Offers will be accepted in English. All communication will be carried out in English. All information provided during the open market consultation and other background information will be published online in English. The PCP procurement is exempted from the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), the EU public procurement directives and the national laws that implement them. A 2-day open market consultation event will take place in Roissy, Paris (CDG Airport), on the 30.1.2019 and 31.1.2019. The event is planned to be also broadcasted, further details will be announced on the project website: http://www.shuttle-pcp.eu/