The EU-funded project ARCHIVER (Archiving and Preservation for Research Environments) launched a pre-commercial procurement tender with a total budget of EUR €3.4 million. The tender is calling companies specialised in archiving and data preservation, cloud services and data management to provide the research community with a set of trustworthy scientific data repository services.

Poster announcing the call with the logo of the project Archiver (a blue cloud) and the deadline for submission

Manage, archive or preserve scientific data can be complicated and costly for many research projects. The ARCHIVER pre-commercial procurement (PCP) tender aims to fulfil these data management requirements providing the research community a set of trustworthy repository services, following standard best practices, serving FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) data, sustainable with transparent business models associated and fully conformant with the current European legislation. 

Terms and conditions

Participation in this tender is open on equal terms to all types of economic operators, regardless of their geographic location, size or governance structure, provided that they comply with all of the exclusion criteria. In particular, tenderers must locate the majority of the R&D activities for the PCP contract, including in particular the principal researcher(s) working for the PCP contract, in EU Member States or associated countries.The tenderer may be a single entity or two or more entities working together as a consortium. 

All the tender documents and application form are available online in the ARCHIVER website. Tenderers shall submit their bids no later than 28 April 2020 – 4:00 pm (Europe/Zurich time zone).

One information session is foreseen to provide information about the ARCHIVER Project, the PCP concept, this request for tenders and the process for submitting tenders. The information session is  open to all and will be held remotely as a webinar on 18 March 2020.

The R&D objectives of the tender being challenging, the project team encourages companies/organisations to combine their skills and resources to form viable consortia to achieve the required results (more info).

Background 

ARCHIVER is a research project funded by Horizon 2020, the research and innovation programme of the European Union. The project started in January 2019 for a three-years period with a total budget of EUR 4,8 million.

The ARCHIVER project aims to introduce significant improvements in the area of data archiving and digital preservation services, in the context of scientific research projects. The ARCHIVER resulting services will become part of the catalogue of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative.

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