Supporting independent living of the elderly through robotics
Tenderers are invited to tender for projects under the pre-commercial procurement (PCP) Challenge to develop technology based solutions addressing robotic solutions for assisting elderly people with physical disabilities.
UK-Swindon: Research services
Section I: Contracting authority
The Technology Strategy Board
North Star House, North Star Avenue
Contact point(s): Please see www.silverpcp.eu for more information.
SN2 1FF Swindon
Telephone: +44 3003214357
General address of the contracting authority: www.innovateuk.org
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: UK, and/or the Netherlands, and/or the Denmark, and/or Finland, and/or Sweden.
NUTS code UK
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 8
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement
Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 800 000 EUR
Frequency and value of the contracts to be awarded: The total budget for the entire duration of the framework agreement is (incl. VAT) 2 150 000 EUR. For more information about the budget for each phase, please see the Invitation To Tender.
The Challenge will run through a 3 phased life-cycle.
Phase 1 is intended to demonstrate the feasibility of proposed concepts for new solutions. The contracts placed for Phase 1 will be for the duration of 6 months and a maximum price of 40,000 euros (excluding VAT). A budget of maximum 350,000 Euros (incl. VAT) is available for a maximum of 8 projects in Phase 1. The number of awarded contracts depends on the price of the tenders and the required minimum score of the tenders.
Phase 2 is intended to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstrators from the more promising concepts in Phase 1. Phase 2 is dependent upon successful completion of Phase 1 and contracts may be awarded to selected Phase 1 contractors. It is anticipated that the budget will be 720,000 Euros (including VAT) for a maximum of 4 projects. The contracting authorities will test the solutions coming from the pilots. In Phase 2 of the project this will likely be done for any one pilot in a single centre (e.g. the living labs in the Region of Southern Denmark). More information on the testing location(s) will be made available during Phase 1. The contracts placed for Phase 2 will be for the duration of 12 months. The number of awarded contracts depends on the budget, the price of the tenders and the required minimum score of the tenders.
Phase 3 is intended for the original development of a limited volume of first products/ services (test series). Contracts for Phase 3 may be awarded to selected Phase 2 contractors that have successfully completed Phase 2. For this phase, it is anticipated that a budget of 1 080,000 Euros (including VAT) is available for a maximum of 3 projects. In Phase 3, testing will be done in a real environment. The contracting authorities will test the solutions coming from the pilots in all the procuring countries. In this way the SILVER consortium can ensure that any locally required differences (e.g. to cope with different languages or local building regulations) can be covered whilst not burdening the pilots early on by having to cope with multiple testing centres. The final decision on which procurer will take responsibility for testing which project will be taken before Phase 3 commences. In this way it will be easier to match the needs of the pilot projects to the testing capabilities / facilities of the procurers. The contracts placed for Phase 3 will be for the duration of 12 months. The number of awarded contracts depends on the budget, the price of the tenders and the required minimum score of the tenders.
The Technology Strategy Board, will act as the Authority that carries out the PCP procurement on behalf and in the name of a cross-border group of SILVER contracting authorities with the following parties:
City of Odense (Denmark), City of Oulu (Finland), City of Stockport (UK), City of Vantaa (Finland), City of
Västerås (Sweden), Region of Southern Denmark (Denmark), City of Eindhoven (the Netherlands). Until 7 days prior to the deadline for bids for Phase 1 per country of the SILVER contracting authorities, one new procuring entity may enter the group of SILVER contracting authorities and become an equal partner in the group of SILVER contracting authorities with the same rights as the other contracting authorities. Tenderers and contractors will be immediately informed about changes in the group of SILVER contracting authorities.
Please note this is a PCP, adhering to the EU Treaty Principles but not subject to the Public Contract
Regulations 2006, the EU Public Procurement Directives or the WTO/GPA.
Please see www.silverpcp.eu for more information.
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Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Prior information notice
Notice number in the OJEU: 2012/S 180-296155 of 19.9.2012
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: No formal opening will take place.
Section VI: Complementary information
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): The consortium that has prepared the work leading to the launch of this PCP has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under SILVER project grant agreement n°287609. This PCP procurement is executed however under the sole responsibility and liability of the contracting authorities in the SILVER project (for more information refer to the invitation to tender documents). The European Union itself is not participating as contracting authority in this PCP.
Regulations 2006, the EU public procurement Directives or the WTO/GPA. This publication is therefore made on a voluntarily basis; therefore, the contracting authority will not apply the open procedure. The open procedure is only indicated on this publication as it is not possible to publish this call for competition without selecting one of the listed procedures, and the pre-commercial procedure as such is not listed. The contracting authority will follow the procedure described in the invitation to tender document and further documents which may be obtained under www.silverpcp.eu.
PCP concerns an R&D services contract in which R&D can cover activities such as solution exploration and design, prototyping, up to the original development of a limited volume of first products or services in the form of a test series. Original development of a first product or service may include limited production or supply in order to incorporate the results of field testing and to demonstrate that the product or service is suitable for production or supply in quantity to acceptable quality standards. R&D does not include commercial development activities such as quantity production, supply to establish commercial viability or to recover R&D costs, integration, customisation, incremental adaptations and improvements to existing products or processes. The Contracting Authority shall not be obliged to pay remuneration to the Contractor if, at the time of completion of the respective PCP phase, the value of the labour for executing the R&D services represent less than 51% of the performance of the contract and shall be entitled to ask for a full and unconditional refund of any payments made.