The European Commission has launched a call for tenders to set up a facility team and Info Point in Brussels to support the Agricultural European Innovation Partnership.
European Innovation Partnerships are tools set up to pool forces and interlink different actions so as to achieve synergies and EU added value in existing policies.
The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) 'Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability' aims to foster a competitive and sustainable agriculture and forestry sector that 'achieves more from less' and works in harmony with the environment. For this, it needs to build bridges between research and farming practice, involving all stakeholders. The tender concerns the setting up and the management of a network facility that will help make this link.
The EIP network will act as a mediator enhancing communication and cooperation between agricultural innovation actors, facilitating the sharing of experience and knowledge and closing the gap between science and practice.
The maximum budget attributed to this project is EUR 2 500 000 per year. The deadline for submitting offers is 15 October 2012.The Commission intends to award the contract by the end of 2012, following the evaluation of the offers received.