The pre-commercial procurement (PCP) process is to be introduced to Finland for the first time.
The SILVER project aims to demonstrate, how public services can be rejuvenated by procuring R&D services and innovative solutions.
The first objective of the SILVER project is to establish, and execute, an agreed PCP process to run a cross-border PCP call for tender. This generic process should also form a basis for national PCP calls designed outside of the SILVER project.
The actual PCP process is executed in three phases. The first phase is a feasibility study of the selected technologies and proposals. The most promising ideas will be developed into well-defined prototypes in phase two. The third phase aims to verify and compare the first real end products or services in real-life situations. In SILVER project up to three prototypes are tested in all partnering countries.
Focus on elderly care
The second objective of the SILVER project is to identify new technologies and services to support the independent living of the elderly. In addition, aim is to produce home care more effectively.
By the use of robotics or other related technologies, the elderly can continue independent living at home even if they have physical or cognitive disabilities. The name of the project Supporting Independent Living of the Elderly through Robotics addresses this as well.
Forum Virium Helsinki is responsible for the national coordination in Finland and dissemination activities for the SILVER project.
The SILVER project is funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7).
The five-year project ran between 2012–2016. SILVER has 13 partners in Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom. The Finnish partners are Aalto University, Forum Virium Helsinki, City of Oulu and City of Vantaa.
Pre-commercial procurement is a new way to develop public services. In PCP process public procurer does not provide a detailed specification of a product or service being sought but instead a description of the challenge needing to be addressed and the desired outcome.