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Marine-EO: All eyes on Horizon 2020’s first Earth Observation Pre-Commercial Procurement

(Azores, 23th February 2017). Since 1st of January 2017, the Horizon 2020 project Marine-EO has been officially started, aiming at the implementation of the first Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) for Earth Observation services.

Marine-EO applies to a vast array of ocean-related areas covering the development, testing and validation of demand-driven Earth Observation based services in the fields of both (i) maritime environment monitoring (i.e. Fish farm monitoring, Marine Protected Areas (MPA) monitoring, Harmful algal blooms detection, Oil spill detection, Iceberg open channel detection, etc.) and (ii) security (i.e. unusual activity detection, change detection of irregular immigrants, border permeability mapping etc.).

This endeavor will support the development of sustainable supply chains for delivery of downstream EO and Copernicus-enabled services that meet the needs of public authorities around Europe.

Comprising of 9 partners from Greece, Portugal, Spain and Norway, the Consortium within a time span of 47 months will set the processes for publishing a call for tender that will invite the EO industry to develop robust innovative solutions beyond the current state-of-the art, in three PCP phases (solution design, prototyping and operational development). The total subcontracting cost of the procurement amounts to 3,4M€.

Expectations are high among stakeholders operating with Copernicus Downstream Services regarding the project’s potential for incremental and/or radical innovation expected in the field of maritime awareness and consequent leverage effect on the already existing Copernicus Services and products.

During the first semester of 2017, the Lead Procurer (DGPM-PT) will launch a Prior Information Notice (PIN) for the organization of an Open Market Consultation in order to start a dialogue with potential tenderers and end-users, to fine tune the R&D tender scope according to market needs. By the end of 2017, the PCP call for tender will be published in all relevant European tender platforms and the project’s website. The submission of tenders will remain open for at least 60 days.

CONSORTIUM: “NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHDEMOKRITOS”, (GR) / DIRECAO-GERAL DE POLITICA DO MAR, (PT) / MINISTERIO DEL INTERIOR, (ES) / HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH, (GR) / FUNDO REGIONAL PARA A CIENCIA E TECNOLOGIA, (PT) / KYSTVERKET VEST, (NO) / NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS, (GR) / EUROPEAN UNION SATELLITE CENTRE, (ES) / SINTEF OCEAN AS, (NO)

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