Cloud for Europe Launches Tender for Public Sector Cloud Innovation

The Cloud for Europe project (FP7) announces the publication of a tender for the joint pre-commercial procurement (PCP) of research and development on cloud computing services. The purpose of the tender is to research and demonstrate solutions to overcome obstacles for the adoption of cloud computing by the public sector.

The Cloud for Europe PCP is inviting suppliers to bid for any or all of three services (lots), each of which provides a framework agreement for the realisation of research and development services.

The lots are:

•    Federated certified service brokerage

•    Secure legislation-aware storage

•    Legislation execution.

The work will be carried out in three distinct competitive phases over a total of 18 months:

•    Phase 1: Solution design

•    Phase 2: Prototype development

•    Phase 3: Original development of a limited number of first products or services in the form of a test series.

For each lot, several bids will be awarded a framework agreement. After each phase, results will be evaluated and bids will compete with each other for assignments in the subsequent phase.

The main contact point for the tendering process is the lead procurer in the Cloud for Europe project – Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale (Italy), acting on behalf of the project’s other procurement partners – Ministerie van Financiën Directoraat-generaal Belastingdienst (the Netherlands), Entidade de Serviços Partilhados da Administração Pública (Portugal), The National Institute for Research & Development in Informatics – Ministry for Information Society (Romania), and Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic (Slovakia).

The total budget available for the contract awards is four million euro. The deadline for submission is 20 February 2015 at 15:30.

For further information including the tender specifications, please refer to http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:424518-2014:TEXT:EN:HTML&src=0 and to the tender web page www.agid.gov.it/cloudforeurope.

About Cloud for Europe

The Cloud for Europe project supports public sector cloud use as a collaboration between public authorities and industry. The project identifies obstacles, finds innovative solutions and builds trust in European cloud computing. Cloud for Europe uses pre-commercial procurement as an instrument for public sector innovation. The pre-commercial procurement identifies innovative solutions for cloud services that best fit public sector needs, but also provides better information to public procurers about the potential of cloud services.

The project started in June 2013 and runs until November 2016. It is co-funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7).  For more information, please consult the project website at www.cloudforeurope.eu and sign up for the stakeholder mailing list athttp://www.cloudforeurope.eu/stakeholder-area.

Contact point for the tender
Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale – Area Cittadini, imprese e trasferimento tecnologico
+39 (0)6 85264 354, C4E-tender@agid.gov.it