In a few weeks, EASME will launch a tender for services under the SME Instrument. It will be done through an innovative public tendering process called a “Competitive Dialogue”.
With this tender, the European Commission is looking to multiply the impact of the funding received by businesses under the SME Instrument. With this objective in mind, the contract will be offered to set up the “SME Instrument Business Community” and “SME Instrument Academy” as presented in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017, #7 Innovation in SMEs. The “SME Instrument Business Community” will be set up to help SMEs in accessing finance and new markets, partnering, networking and improving their branding. The “SME Instrument Academy” will focus on learning opportunities for SMEs.
The “Competitive Dialogue” is an innovative tendering process that invites candidates to a dialogue with the contracting authority. Each candidate with desired expertise will be asked to present innovative ideas and develop one or more suitable alternatives that will be chosen for implementation. One proposal will win the contract, but a financial compensation is envisaged for other candidates.
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