The Cloud for Europe project announces the publication of the tender for the joint pre-commercial procurement (Joint PCP) for research and development on cloud computing services for public administrations. The purpose is to research and demonstrate solutions to overcome obstacles for the adoption of cloud computing by the public sector.
The Cloud for Europe Joint PCP is inviting suppliers to bid for any or all of three services (lots), each of which provides a framework contract for the realization of research and development services. The lots comprise innovative solutions for federated certified service brokerage, secure legislation-aware storage and legislation execution. In three different phases and over 18 months, cloud-solutions will be designed, developed and tested. The process phases are related to the solution design (phase 1), prototype development (phase 2) and the original development of a limited number of first products or services in the form of a test series (phase 3). For each lot, several bids will be awarded a framework contract. After each phase, results will be evaluated and bids will compete with each other for assignments in the subsequent phase.
The total budget available for the contract awards is four million euro. The deadline for submission is 20 February 2015.
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).