The H2020 SHUTTLE project has launched a call for tender with a budget of 7.4M€

26.09.2019 13:33:00 - Open call for participation in European funded security project:
on the 20th September 2019, the SHUTTLE project will launch a call for tender -with a budget of 7.4M€ including VAT - to select the potential service suppliers that will build its European toolkit for microscopic traces analysis.

(live-PR.com) - The aim of the European funded SHUTTLE project is to develop a toolkit which facilitates the microtraces analysis collected in crime scenes. The development of this toolkit will be realised through a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) action which means that the public authorities within the SHUTTLE project invite the commercial sector to make an offer for the required Research and Development


(R&D) services in order to develop the toolkit. After a first Open Market Consultation (OMC) phase where the consortium probed the industry interest and was informed by service suppliers about the state-of-the-art, the official call for tender will be launched on 20th September 2019. Any interested solution supplier is invited to participate. The awarded suppliers will get a contract to produce a concept design, and eventually a prototype and a range of first products in the final step.
SHUTTLE stands for “Scientific High-throughput and Unified Toolkit for Trace analysis by forensic Laboratories in Europe” and is a research project supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. It brings together a transnational consortium of eight European forensics laboratories with the aim to develop a European toolkit which enables a more objective and scientific analysis of microscopic traces collected on crime scenes.

Microscopic traces analysis limitations and the SHUTTLE concept: Microscopic traces analysis currently relies on the “Microscopist eyes”. It is time-consuming, selective and hardly objective due to the complexity of the process. The SHUTTLE toolkit will contain tools which will help solving these difficulties. Each of them, as well as their fluent interaction, will be required for optimal operation.
• A microscopic grade tape or any other lifting system
• An automated microscope that will form the eyes of the SHUTTLE toolkit to acquire high quality images of the recovered traces
• Algorithms for image processing that will form the brain of the SHUTTLE toolkit to classify more accurately the identified traces
• A database and search algorithms, that will form the memory of the SHUTTLE toolkit to facilitate future data analyses and comparisons

Next to the aim of providing a powerful and versatile toolkit which solves the major issues in forensic sciences, the SHUTTLE toolbox shall improve the information exchange and the synergy between different criminal research laboratories to fight against international crime. It will thereby contribute to strengthening the forensic collaboration across countries.

The call for tender: Pre-Commercial Procurement of innovative products & services: SHUTTLE is a user-driven project that seeks to catalyse innovation by allowing public authorities to invest cost effectively in innovation by sharing costs and lessons learnt. This PCP action is coordinated and jointly carried out by the SHUTTLE partners. The forensic laboratories organize and manage the procurement of R&D services through a three-phases competitive selection process involving risks/benefits sharing under market conditions. After the call for tender, the tenders will be reviewed by the consortium and at least four suppliers (Industry, Research Institutes etc.) will be awarded a contract (ca. January 2020) to produce a concept design. In the second phase, the providers of the most promising concept designs will be invited to build a prototype and, after an operational validation process in the third phase, possibly build a larger range of products.

Where to find information on the SHUTTLE toolkit and call for tender?
Between November 2018 and June 2019, an Open Market Consultation (OMC) was performed to raise awareness on the SHUTTLE procurement process regarding the development of traces analysis toolkit and to collect valuable insights on industry expectations and skills which will be used to refine the tender specifications. During this OMC:
• An information day was held in Roissy the 30th-31st January 2019. The presentations and videos of the event are publicly available and can be found on the SHUTTLE public website.
• A Webinar event was organized on the 20th of March 2019. The Webinar video is available on the SHUTTLE Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCEkNzXzglG-5czJfVhdO7dg.
• A Request for Information form was available on the SHUTTLE Public Website to allow interested organization providing their feedback on the project.
Based on the outcome of the OMC, the SHUTTLE consortium has defined the final requirements for the SHUTTLE toolkit that will be integrated in the tender documents.
To learn more about the PCP tender please visit www.shuttle-pcp.eu/pre-commercial-procurement/. From the 20th of September, the tender documents will also be available at this address.
To subscribe to the SHUTTLE Newsletter, please visit www.shuttle-pcp.eu/newsletter.
Additional information can also be found in the Q&A section of the SHUTTLE Public Website

SHUTTLE key facts and partners
The SHUTTLE project, which started on 1st May 2018, runs for 4 years and is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme with 10.5 million euros, including 7.4 million euros (including VAT) to be subcontracted during the three tender phases.
The SHUTTLE consortium consists of 8 partners from 6 countries:
• Ministère de l’intérieur, France
• Netherlands Forensic Institute, Netherlands
• Kentro Meleton Asfaleias, Greece
• Lietuvos Teismo Ekspertizes Centras, Lithuania
• Ministério da Justiça, Portugal
• Ministry of Public Security - Israeli Police, Israel
• Stichting Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands
• ARTTIC S.A.S, France
Horizon 2020 Programme

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 786913.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.

Contact information:
SHUTTLE Project Office

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