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EC Tenders for Study on Civil Society Organisations


Brussels, 17 December 2013

The contractor's task will be to design, draft, execute and deliver a study on the role of CSOs in research Framework Programmes. The study will develop a sound theoretical and conceptual framework and a methodology to simulate the impacts of future policy intervention on the nature, productivity and impacts of CSO participation.

The study will help the Commission assess the involvement of CSOs in FP6 and FP7; on the ground of this understanding, to define and refine the implementation strategy in Horizon 2020. The study will simulate different 'scenarios' of policy intervention and provide alternatives for the best combination of - among other elements - funding levels, instrument types and participant configurations, to aid knowledge production and applications in Responsible Research and Innovation.

The study will build on previous work on the benefits and limits of CSOs and  the structuring effects of Framework Programme (FP) ICT research. The work will make use of ex-ante network analysis to simulate the impacts of policy interventions in the preparation of future EU-level RTD.

Specifically, the study will aim to:

  • Provide a state-of-the-art of knowledge on the role of CSOs in policy making and their access to public funding - in particular EU funding and specifically R&I funding.

  • Position CSOs in the context of organisations interacting and taking part in EU policies across DGs; specifically, it will consider CSO as R&D partners (SiS, RRI, H2020).

  • Determine the extent of CSO involvement in R&I activities and networks, in FP6 and in FP7, and the possible determinants of CSO involvement.

  • Use network analysis to clarify the role of CSOs in FP6 and FP7.

  • Develop a network analysis framework to simulate the impacts of policy interventions aimed at CSOs, in the preparation of future EU-level RTD.

  • Develop a methodology for ex-ante Impact Assessment in Responsible Research and Innovation field, based on evidence from FP6 and FP7 activities.

  • Run empirical analysis based on this methodology.

  • Benchmark results against results from similar projects.

  • Draft policy recommendation as to how to best balance rules and funding regarding CSO participation in order to obtain optimal results.

Tenderers must prove their economic, financial, technical and professional capacity to carry out the work subject to this call for tender.
The evidence requested should be provided by each member of the group in case of joint tender and identified subcontractor whose intended share of the contract is above 8%.

Deadline: 17 January 2014

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