On 1 October 2015 an international PCP call for tenders was published at TED database (online version of the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union dedicated to European public procurement).
This call aimed to acquire research and development services of educational ICT based solutions to support personalized learning environments in both primary and lower secondary levels with strong focus on the STEM subjects.
Suppliers were asked to provide innovative solutions for the next generation of PLE’s (personal learning environment) that address students in primary and secondary school in the topics of Science, Math and Technology (STEM) and that support different learning styles.
The complete documentation of the invitation to tender incl. annexes are available for download.
The Pre-Commercial Procurement process will be executed in three phases: solution design exploration, prototype development and proof of concept (original development of limited test series) for the provision of R&D services. It must be noticed that the original development of a limited volume of first products or services might include limited production or supply in order to incorporate the results of field testing and to demonstrate that the outcome is suitable for large production or supply in acceptable quality standards. However, the provision of R&D services will never include the 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.
- Phase 1: Solution Design
380 000 EUR (up to 8 suppliers funded, duration of 3 months)
- Phase 2: Prototype Development
1 520 000 EUR (up to 4 suppliers funded, duration of 6 months)
- Phase 3: Pre-Commercial small scale product/service development
1 900 000 EUR (up to 2 suppliers funded, duration of 7 months)
Test series: for phase 3, competitors will have to bear in mind the need of testing the prototypes in real scenarios in schools located in Halmstad (Sweden), Magdeburg (Germany), Konnevesi (Finland) and Viladecans (Spain).