Thursday, November 5, 2015

Call for proposal: using satelite data for wildfire control

The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) has issued a call to EU companies for the development of new products using satellite data for more efficient and effective wildfire control. The best ideas receive an order for writing a feasibility study (phase one). The best feasibility studies receive a follow-up order for prototype development and demonstration (phase 2). The maximum price offer for the first phase is € 20.000, for the second phase € 70.000. All offers as well as the feasibility study will have to be supplied in Dutch. Contact me for more information.

Dutch SBIR call: wanted smart solutions for flexible gasconsumption

The Dutch ministry of economic affairs challenges entrepreneurs to develop new products and services for flexible gas equipment for a sustainable gas supply. The objective of the call is to enable consumers and companies to use gas efficiently and flexibly. The challenge is to respond to future changes in the gas composition of hi caloric and low caloric gas, such as blending in biogas and hydrogen.
This call is now closed. More information will follow concerning the projects that were approved.

Opening post - Dutch SBIR public procurement

In 1982, the Small Business Innovation Development Act was enacted in the United States. This led to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programme in the US. Through the SBIR programme, the American government commissions small companies to conduct societal relevant innovative research – and with great success. Leading companies have been established as a result of an SBIR assignment; examples include telecom company Qualcomm and software producer Symantec.
Inspired by American successes, the Dutch government started its own SBIR programme in 2005. The Dutch Government uses its procurement power to mobilise the innovative capacity of companies to solve major societal challenges, such as mobility, sustainability, safety and health. At the same time, we promote innovation, especially in small and medium sized companies, strengthen the business climate and increase the competitiveness of Dutch companies. This is in line with my focus on top priority areas, such as logistics, food and life sciences, in which we stand out international. Source: report.

In my personal experience with this program I noticed that although public procurement through SBIR and other programs is open to both Dutch companies and companies from elsewhere in the EU, the Dutch government has not put any effort into marketing its program within the EU. All offers and feasibility studies have to be submitted in Dutch and the English version of the website does not contain any references to the program. As such I have decided to try and fill the void with this blog, providing information about the program.
Of course I have a special interest. As a consultant I support companies so they can make offers in this program.