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Services: Assistance and Technical Support for the Evaluation of LIFE Proposals


Brussels, Belgium, 26 October 2017

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND CONTEXT

EASME has been set-up by the European Commission to manage on its behalf several European Union programmes, including LIFE. The services required under this invitation to tender are linked to the evaluation of proposals submitted under the LIFE programme.

LIFE is the EU's Programme for the Environment and Climate Action, covering the period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020. It was established by Regulation (EU) n° 1293/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council2.

The general objectives of LIFE are:

  • to contribute to the shift towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon and climate- resilient economy, to the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment and to halting and reversing biodiversity loss, including the support of Natura 2000 network and tackling the degradation of ecosystems;

  • to improve the development, implementation and enforcement of Union environmental and climate policy and legislation, and to act as a catalyst for, and promote, the integration and mainstreaming of environmental and climate objectives into other Union policies and public and private sector practice, including by increasing the public and private sector's capacity;

  • to support better environmental and climate governance at all levels, including better involvement of civil society, NGOs and local actors;

  • to support the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme.

GENERAL AND SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

The Contracting Authority wishes to enter into a framework contract, the overall objective of which is to provide the following services to the Contracting Authority:

  • Assistance and technical support for the evaluation and revision of the grant proposals submitted under the annual calls for traditional projects under the LIFE Programme, of which the first ones under the LIFE 2018 – 2020 MAWP are expected to be published in April 2018.

  • Assistance and technical support for the evaluation and revision of the grant proposals submitted under the annual calls for integrated projects under the LIFE Programme, of which the first ones under the LIFE 2018 – 2020 MAWP are expected to be published in April 2018.

  • Assistance and technical support for the evaluation of proposals submitted under the calls for proposals for the award of framework partnership agreements with non-governmental organisations under the LIFE Programme, of which the first ones under the LIFE 2018 – 2020 MAWP are expected to be published in 2019. These calls will result in a selection of framework partners.

  • Assistance and technical support for the evaluation and revision of proposals submitted in response to invitations for submission of annual work programmes by framework partners. These will result in the award of specific annual operating grants to selected framework partners. The first invitation for submission of annual work programmes by framework partners under the LIFE 2018 – 2020 MAWP is expected to be published in April 2018.

  • Assistance and technical support for the evaluation and revision of proposals submitted under the call for proposals for capacity building projects under the LIFE Programme expected to be published in January 2018.

This call for tenders aims at selecting a single economic operator capable of providing expert capacity that will be used, on demand, by means of specific service requests. The services required will involve a number of diversified tasks detailed in Section 1.4. The specific requests for services will include the concrete technical requirements related to one or more phases of the evaluation and revision process. The Contracting Authority will remain solely responsible for organizing and carrying out the annual evaluation and revision procedures, and will be responsible for the final approval of the results of all evaluation and revision steps.

TASKS

This section provides a detailed description of the tasks and sub-tasks to be performed by the contractor.

  • TASK 1: Overall administration, management and supervision of the evaluation, revision and contract preparation processes, including the constitution, coordination and training of expert groups

  • TASK 2: LIFE traditional project proposals evaluation and revisio

  • TASK 3: Evaluation and revision of proposals in view of awarding LIFE multi-annual Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs) to non-profit making entities and LIFE annual specific operating grant under the FPAs

  • TASK 4: LIFE Integrated Project Proposals Evaluation and revision

  • TASK 5: LIFE Capacity Building Project Proposals evaluation and revision

  • TASK 6: Preparation of LIFE framework partnership agreement and LIFE grant agreements

  • TASK 7: Dealing with requests for additional information and complaints

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