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TOPIC : Broadband communication systems

Topic identifier: SEC-04-DRS-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: PCP Pre-Commercial Procurement
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
01 March 2017
Deadline: 24 August 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Updates
  • 03 April 2017 15:49

    Applicants are informed that Phase 0 (Legal establishment of the new organisation, and transfer of the PCP contract from the consortium of buyers to this new organisation) is NOT required for the PCP. Accordingly, Phase 0 will thus be skipped and the PCP will start directly with Phase 1.

    The CSA under Call DRS-18-2015, the BROADMAP project (grant agreement No 700380) has also delivered specifications and tender documents, which can be requested following the instructions of the document below:
    Core set of technical specifications and tender documents
     

  • 24 February 2017 09:42

    The CSA under Call DRS-18-2015, the BROADMAP project (grant agreement No 700380), has delivered findings as to whether or not there is need to establish a new organisation prior to Phase 1 of a PCP. The BROADMAP project has also delivered specifications and tender documents, available here:
    Core set of technical specifications and tender documents
    Following this, and taking into account the outcome of the project, the Commission will soon decide to modify the call.

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

So far each EU Member States has adopted its own (broadband) radio-communication system for security forces (police, first responders, etc.). Such systems are not necessarily compatible with each other. The EU has funded projects to help to overcome this issue, including a CSA (under Call DRS-18-2015) for buyers of such systems to develop the core set of specifications and tender documents to be used for national procurements, or the legal setting of alternate organisational solutions which remain to be implemented taking into account the requirements for interoperable next generation PPDR broadband communication systems.

Scope:

Phase 1: Plan and implement the tender procedures, based on a set of specifications and tender documents delivered by the BROADMAP project (grant agreement No 700380) and available upon request to the European Commission, for procuring:

  • prototype communication equipment's that will constitute the foreseen communication system
  • prototype instruments for validating the components of the foreseen communication system

Phase 2: Establishment of a (networked) validation centre equipped with these instruments. Sustainability of the Validation Centre beyond the lifetime of the project should be addressed, both with respect to its legal status and its funding sources.

Phase 3: Testing and validation of the prototype components of the foreseen communication system

Phase 4: Demonstration of the foreseen communication system in a multidisciplinary (firefighters, police departments, medical emergency services, etc.), international (involving practitioners from at least 10 Member States or Associated countries), and realistic scenario.

For grants awarded under this topic SEC-04-DRS-2017, beneficiaries will be subject to the following additional obligations aiming to ensure exploitation of its results:

To ensure that the outcome of the PCP action becomes also available to EU Member State national authorities as well as EU agencies not participating in the PCP for further procurement purposes, the proposal must necessarily state:

(1). Agreement from participating procurement authorities to negotiate, in good faith and on a case-by-case basis, with non-participating procurement authorities that wish to procure a capability or a product fully or partly derived from the PCP action, the use of the information required to run such a procurement process, and solely for that purpose.

(2). Commitment from participating procurement authorities to consult with any legal entity generating information to be released for the purpose set out in paragraph (1), unless contrary to applicable legislation.

(3). Commitment from participating procurement authorities to negotiate the use granted under paragraph (1) on Fair Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

The respective option on additional exploitation obligations of Article 28.1 of the Model Grant Agreement will be applied.

The outcome of the proposal is expected to lead to development up to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 8; please see part G of the General Annexes.

Indicative budget: The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of € 10million would allow for this topic to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Established EU-interoperable broadband radio communication system for public safety and security, providing better services to first responders and police agencies and allowing shorter reaction times to prevent from casualties or victims, deployed by 2025.

For this impact to be as large as possible across the EU, special conditions have been attached to the CSA launched under Call DRS-18-2015 as regards access to standards, specifications, and all other relevant documents.

Delegation Exception Footnote:

This activity directly aimed at supporting the development and implementation of evidence base for R&I policies and supporting various groups of stakeholders is excluded from the delegation to the Research Executive Agency and will be implemented by the Commission services

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Innovation Procurement

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

Applicants are informed that Phase 0 (Legal establishment of the new organisation, and transfer of the PCP contract from the consortium of buyers to this new organisation) is NOT required for the PCP. Accordingly, Phase 0 will thus be skipped and the PCP will start directly with Phase 1.

The CSA under Call DRS-18-2015, the BROADMAP project (grant agreement No 700380) has also delivered specifications and tender documents, which can be requested following the instructions of the document below:
Core set of technical specifications and tender documents

 

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

     
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exceptions:

    If Phase 0 is necessary, proposals must involve buyer organizations from at least 12 EU Member States or Associated Countries.
    If Phase 0 is not necessary, proposals must involve buyer organizations from at least 8 EU Member States or Associated Countries.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

     
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exceptions:

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

       
  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

     
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    The funding rate for Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) actions is limited to 90% of the total eligible costs (PCP is procurement of R&D services) to leverage co-financing from the procurers.

    Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) Cofund:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Grant Agreement
    Specific requirements for innovation procurement supported by Horizon 2020 grants (PCP, PPI)

     
  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

     
  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

    Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

    Open access to research data
    The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

    Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

    Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

    - Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs.

    - Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
     

  8. Additional documents

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Innovation in SMEs
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Fast Track to Innovation Pilot
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

    Core set of technical specifications and tender documents

     

 

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