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The SELECT for Cities competition is being run by a legal instrument called a Pre-Commercial Procurement Process (PCP).  This approach enables the cities of Antwerp, Copenhagen and Helsinki to join forces to procure research and development for an innovative Internet-of-Everything (IoE) platform which is not yet commercially available.

Core details of the approach:

  • One total jointly committed budget from which all R&D providers (competition winners) are paid 
  • One joint call for tender published EU wide
  • One lead procurer awarding all contracts in the name and on behalf of all the city procurer's in buyers group
  • One joint evaluation of offers with each city participating in the review
  • One framework agreement for each winning tenderer covering all competition phases, plus a specific contract per PCP-phase, dependent on subsequent evaluations and offers
  • Payments per phase for the chosen tenderers
  • No commitment to large scale deployment; no guarantee for a subsequent commercial procurement

IPR is managed as follows:

  • Ownership of results and sideground of R&D services stay with the suppliers as fully as possible
  • Suppliers and procurers, respectively, will keep ownership of their background IP which they have identified
  • Suppliers must grant access rights to the procurers (1)
  • Suppliers must ensure that results are commercially exploited; failure to comply will result in a transfer of ownership of the IPR from the supplier to the procurers
(1) The procurers shall enjoy royalty-free access rights to use the R&D results for their own use. The procurers shall also enjoy the right to grant or to require participating R&D providers to grant non-exclusive licenses to third parties to exploit the results under fair and reasonable market conditions without any right to sublicense.
Further detailed information on PCP processes can be found in the footer links below.
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