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Europe’s Leading Public-Private Partnership for Cloud

The Helix Nebula Initiative is a partnership between industry, space and science to establish a dynamic ecosystem, benefiting from open cloud services for the seamless integration of science into a business environment. Today, the partnership counts over 40 public and private partners.

Cloud for Europe tender for the joint pre-commercial procurement (PCP) of research and development on cloud computing services is now open!

The purpose of the tender is to research and demonstrate solutions to overcome obstacles for the adoption of cloud computing by the public sector.

The Cloud for Europe PCP is inviting suppliers to bid for any or all of three services (lots), each of which provides a framework agreement for the realisation of research and development services.

The lots are:

  • Federated certified service brokerage
  • Secure legislation-aware storage
  • Legislation execution.

The work will be carried out in three distinct competitive phases over a total of 18 months:

  • Phase 1: Solution design
  • Phase 2: Prototype development
  • Phase 3: Original development of a limited number of first products or services in the form of a test series.

For each lot, several bids will be awarded a framework agreement. After each phase, results will be evaluated and bids will compete with each other for assignments in the subsequent phase.

The main contact point for the tendering process is the lead procurer in the Cloud for Europe project – Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale (Italy), acting on behalf of the project’s other procurement partners – Ministerie van Financiën Directoraat-generaal Belastingdienst (the Netherlands), Entidade de Serviços Partilhados da Administração Pública (Portugal), The National Institute for Research & Development in Informatics - Ministry for Information Society (Romania), and Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic (Slovakia).

The total budget available for the contract awards is four million euro. The deadline for submission is 20 February 2015 at 15:30.

For further information including the tender specifications, please refer to and to the tender web page


Contact point: 

Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale

Area Cittadini, imprese e trasferimento tecnologico

+39 (0)6 85264 354



Helix Nebula is a new, pioneering partnership between leading IT providers and four of Europe’s biggest research centres, CERN, EMBL, ESA and PIC, charting a course towards sustainable cloud services for the research communities - the Science Cloud.