Public calls will set-up and manage an engagement mechanism for third parties that are not part of the current NIVA consortium. To support a new vision for IACS, specific or upcoming innovations cannot be solely developed within the NIVA consortium but need to involve wider expertise outside NIVA helping to realise the vision. Through this third-party engagement, NIVA will be able to

  • build on best expertise available within EU Member states to realise specialised innovations;
  • to validate and scale out innovations beyond their initial development within the NIVA use cases
  • to ensure flexibility in the work plan to absorb new developments, that need further exploration.

    Description of work

Public calls will make funds available to outside parties to implement innovations, to test solutions and to absorb new promising developments. Public calls realises this engagement through an open call mechanism, in which third parties can submit offers to call-for-proposals that will be objectively evaluated.

Public calls carries out three main activities:

1. To identify and draft suitable terms of reference for call for proposals, based on requests and needs from WP2, 3, 4 and 5;

2. To launch these calls for proposals respecting the different legal requirements and evaluate the offers objectively;

3. To monitor the execution of granted projects, and review the results and outputs. The WP will use a staged approach, in which ahead of the official call expression of interest and ideas will be requested by the stakeholder community (as energised by WP5), and in parallel official terms of reference will be drafted for the opening of the call. After the call and evaluation of proposals, an evaluation will done on the achievements through the call.

 

All calls-for-proposals will be open to competition from stakeholders across the EU and if software and data components are developed, these need to be made available on the NIVA tool repository developed by WP 4 with an EU PL licence, and the need to conform to standardization and interoperability requirements of WP 3. Third parties engaged to the open call will become sub-contractors to OPEKEPE or RVO.

 

The call will have three cycles to ensure an equal flow of funds through the running of the project. The first round will be in M9 commissioning components required for the large scale pilots in WP2 and an example of such a component is the “click and pay” component. Another example is the automatic LPIS update component where a maturing market is ready to supply key parts of the joint service component. Hence a tender has been planned as part of the use case (US5a); the second round will be in M18 on validating innovations from large scale pilots with Paying Agency-systems that are part of the reference group. In addition there will be a separate round for break-through innovation projects as foreseen by Task 6.3 in

 

Criteria for evaluation of the open call projects are 1. innovation potential in terms of impact (e.g. what can the innovation achieve in terms of KPIs as established in NIVA?); 2. operational excellence (e.g. Can the project be carried out on time? Is there a realistic work plan?); 3. Alignment with NIVA objectives (e.g. Does the proposed project contribute to achieve the NIVA vision?); 4. Track record of organizations (e.g. do the organizations have a relevant track record? would the proposed project add to their strategic orientation?).