[03-Jul]

Procurement at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

EMBL’s Barcelona site is continuing to expand in size, with new research groups planned and an extension to the Mesoscopic Imaging Facility. At EMBL Hamburg and EMBL-EBI in Hinxton reorganization and/or expansion of the host campuses are planned or underway. Refurbishment of the EMBL sites at Grenoble and Rome is also at discussion phase.

In the coming five years EMBL will invest in light and electron microcopy, computing infrastructure for IT Services (compute, storage, connectivity, data security), beamline detectors and instrumentation.

One of EMBL’s key projects is the 48 million EUR spend for the construction (incl. equipment and infrastructure) of a unique microscopy facility for the life sciences in Heidelberg. The center, set to open in 2021, will welcome visiting scientists from all over the world as well as industry partners. It will make new imaging technologies at EMBL available to foster a better understanding of the molecular basis of life and disease.he firm whose bid complies with the country of origin requirements, the stated technical, financial and delivery requirements, and which offers the lowest price. However, for requirements exceeding 100’000 CHF, an alignment rule may apply which provides an advantage to a bidder if at least 60% of its supplies originate from poorly balanced Member States.

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[30-June]

ENRIITC Survey for Industry Liaison Officer

The ENRIITC project aims to build a permanent pan-European network of Industrial Liaison and Contact Officers (ILOs and ICOs) and enable industry to become a full partner of Research Infrastructures whether it is as a user, a supplier, or a co-creator. In other words, ENRIITC supports the establishment of strategic, cross-border partnerships between industry and Research Infrastructures.

An important first move in this process is mapping the key element to enact the envisaged collaborative framework between the ESFRI RIs and industry players to bring technological innovation about. For this purpose, ENRIITC is now conducting a survey in the form of two questionnaires, one addressing ILOs and the other addressing ICOs.

The Industry Liaison Officer – ILOs are usually based at government agencies, with a main role to ensure financial return on the national investment in Research Infrastructures, while also stimulating and facilitating contracts between these and national industries;

We kindly ask all Industry Liaison Officers to participate in this ENRIITC Survey.

ILOs participation is extremely valuable, as it will be used to develop an effective strategy and methodology to establish, train and empower an effective pan-European network of coordinated RI ILOs and ICOs; one that will truly take RI-Industry dialogues to a new level.

The survey will remain open online until midnight, 15 July 2020 CEST. Should you have any requests for clarification or experience any technical problems with the survey, please contact ENRIITCsurvey@ess.eu.

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[26-Jun]

Procurement at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Budget 2020-2024

CERN foresees to spend 2,880 MCHF during the period 2020-2024. This is slightly more than CERN’s long-run average annual procurement budget of 500 MCHF, driven primarily by procurement activity for the LHC’s “High Luminosity” upgrade. Changes in the 2020 revision of the European Particle Physics Strategy may influence CERN’s procurement budget and activities. Visit the CERN Procurement Service website for more info.

Market survey / Industrial policy

Forthcoming market surveys and invitations to tender are announced in the CERN Procurement Service website and any interested firm can register to receive the market survey documents upon their publication.

Industrial database

All firms are also encouraged to register on CERN’s supplier database which CERN uses as a key source of information for preparing lists of firms to invite to its price enquiries and market surveys. When registering on the supplier database, firms indicate their domains of expertise by “procurement code”, which allows CERN to match them with relevant opportunities. By registering on the supplier database, firms also create an account on CERN’s e-procurement portal which will be used to send orders if they win business from the Organization.

Procurement portal

Tendering activities – that is, price enquiries, market surveys and invitations to tender – are managed on a separate e-tendering platform. To access procurement documents and reply to price enquiries, market surveys and invitations to tender, firms are asked to register on the e-tendering platform.

Procurement process

As an intergovernmental organisation, CERN has established its own procurement rules which comply with the principles of transparency and impartiality while aiming to achieve a balanced industrial return for all its Member States.

Contracts are awarded following price enquiries or invitations to tender. Price enquiries are made for contracts with an anticipated value below 200’000 CHF, and are only open to a limited number of selected firms. Invitations to tender are made for contracts above 200’000 CHF and are issued to firms qualified and selected based on a preceding open market survey. Where CERN has recurring demand for the same goods or services, it may establish multi-year framework agreements, which are also awarded following price enquiries or invitations to tender. A summary of these procurement procedures is provided here.

Contracts for supplies are awarded to the firm whose bid complies with the country of origin requirements, the stated technical, financial and delivery requirements, and which offers the lowest price. However, for requirements exceeding 100’000 CHF, an alignment rule may apply which provides an advantage to a bidder if at least 60% of its supplies originate from poorly balanced Member States.

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[25-June]

ENRIITC Survey for Industry Contact Officer

The ENRIITC project aims to build a permanent pan-European network of Industrial Liaison and Contact Officers (ILOs and ICOs) and enable industry to become a full partner of Research Infrastructures whether it is as a user, a supplier, or a co-creator. In other words, ENRIITC supports the establishment of strategic, cross-border partnerships between industry and Research Infrastructures.

An important first move in this process is mapping the key element to enact the envisaged collaborative framework between the ESFRI RIs and industry players to bring technological innovation about. For this purpose, ENRIITC is now conducting a survey in the form of two questionnaires, one addressing ILOs and the other addressing ICOs.

The Industry Contact Officer – ICOs are typically employed at the Research Infrastructure, with a responsibility for increasing the use of the RI by the private sector and for developing business and partnering relationships with potential industrial Users and Co-Creators of innovative products, processes and services.

We kindly ask all Research Infrastructures having Industry Contact Officers to participate in this ENRIITC Survey.

ICOs participation is extremely valuable, as it will be used to develop an effective strategy and methodology to establish, train and empower an effective pan-European network of coordinated RI ILOs and ICOs; one that will truly take RI-Industry dialogues to a new level.

The survey will remain open online until midnight, 15 July 2020 CEST. Should you have any requests for clarification or experience any technical problems with the survey, please contact ENRIITCsurvey@ess.eu.

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[18-Jun]

ILL Against COVID-19

Research Infrastructures, funds are being added and re-oriented to support RI projects providing services and activities in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. In order to share research data, a European data exchange platform for Coronavirus is also being established in the framework of the European Open Science Cloud.

The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), plans to run 2 more cycles in 2020 which will constitute a significant opportunity to perform early research related to Covid-19 on many of our neutron scattering instruments. In addition to the instruments, there is access to deuteration facilities and shared biology and soft matter facilities with partner institutes on the EPN campus - the ESRF, EMBL and IBS. For rapid access to beam time, Director's Discretionary Time (for full experiments) and Easy Access (for short measurements) should be used.

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[15-Jun]

Affiliated Big Science Organisations selected!

Big Science Business Forum 2021 will also bring together affiliated Big Science organisations (ABSOs). ABSOs are European or large national Big Science organisations that procure European-wide or internationally. They are mainly single-sited facilities that have a significant construction budget or upgrading projects in the period 2020-2024 and have an interest in communication with industry regarding upcoming business opportunities and procurements that are open for European industry.

ABSOs are European or large national Big Science organisations that procure European-wide or internationally, and with tenders published in English language.

Selected Affiliated Big Science Organisations will participate in two specially designed parallel sessions for Affiliated Big Science Organisation on 29 and 30 September 2021.

In 2020, a first call for Affiliated Big Science Organisations has been launched, which the result of four organisations joining BSBF2021 as ABSOs:

ESS Bilbao

- EST - European Solar Telescope

MYRRHA - Multipurpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications

LEAPS – League of European Accelerator- based Photon Sources

 

A second call for Affiliated Big Science Organsiations will open in January 2021.

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[11-Jun]

First Big Science Business Forum Webinar - 23rd June 2020

BSBF International Organizing Committee (IOC) has made the decision to postpone the BSBF2020 event and have it re-scheduled and transferred to 2021 (from September 28th to October 1st).

In order to keep the momentum, the interest and the BSBF alive during this extended preparation stage, BSBF team will be arranging live, interactive webinars in the months to come up to the next Big Science Business Forum.

The first Big Science Business Forum Webinar will be held next June 23rd, 2020 from 09:30 to 12:30 CET, and it will be focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Big Science Market with speakers from European Commission, Big Science Organisations and the National ILOs. Speaker presentations will be available online after the webinar, and participants will be able to propose questions to speakers on real time.

 

First BSBF Webinar / Title: “COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact and Measures on the Big Science Market”

Date: June 23rd 2020

Time: from 09:30 to 12:30 CET

 

In this webinar, speakers will give information on:

- COVID-19 impact on next BSBF organization.

- Prospects for RIs from a European Policy Perspective

- Big Science Organisations measures for the COVID-19: BSOs initiatives dedicated budget and activities, support to industry and special procurement measures during this pandemic crisis.

- National measures to foster innovation and support industry during the COVID-19: National Organisations initiatives, dedicated budget, activities, feedback from companies, support to industry and special measures during the pandemic crisis.

 

You can find the registration portal for the first BSBF Webinar in the following link:

BSBF Webinar registration platform link

Speaker presentations will be available online after the webinar in this registration platform.

You can find the Agenda here:

 

We hope this BSBF Webinar will be of your interest.

Save the date!

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[5-Jun]

BSBF Postponed: New dates are 28 September - 1 October 2021

Given the current situation, the BSBF team has considered that keeping the original dates of the BSBF2020 event (October 6th to 9th, 2020) would make it difficult to guarantee neither the safety of the participants nor the achievement of our objectives. 

Consequently, the BSBF2020 International Organising Committee (IOC) has made the decision, for the sake of the utmost safety for attendees, exhibitors and participants, to postpone the BSBF2020 event and have it re-scheduled and transferred to September 28th to October 1st, 2021.

You can download the BSBF IOC join statement on inpact of COVID-19 on BSBF and Big Science Market. 

The event has also been renamed BSBF2021 and automatically mirrored for the new dates.

The BSBF2021 event will again be held in Granada (Spain), at the Palacio de Congresos, with the same programme and under the same conditions as the former BSBF2020.

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[1-Jun]

ESS Against COVID-19

Research Infrastructures, funds are being added and re-oriented to support RI projects providing services and activities in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. In order to share research data, a European data exchange platform for Coronavirus is also being established in the framework of the European Open Science Cloud.

The European Spallation Source (ESS) Deuteration and Macromolecular Crystallisation Support Lab, DEMAX, is already functioning on a small scale and we can provide expertise, advice, and limited materials to support research to address the critical need to understand and shut down the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

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[28-May]

ESRF-EBS Against COVID-19

Research Infrastructures, funds are being added and re-oriented to support RI projects providing services and activities in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. In order to share research data, a European data exchange platform for Coronavirus is also being established in the framework of the European Open Science Cloud.

The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility Extremely Brilliant Source (ESRF-EBS), in collaboration with its EPN Science campus partners, ILL, EMBL, IBS, is ready to provide access to a unique combination of state-of-the-art facilities and common platforms for structural biology and bio-imaging for COVID-19 related research projects. This exceptional access will be granted with the aim to contribute to the international scientific effort to overcome the  COVID-19 pandemic, and the available facilities include its cryo-electron microscope and its structural biology beamlines.

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