Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) challenges the industry from the demand side to develop innovative solutions for public sector needs and provides a first customer reference which enables companies to create competitive advantage in the market. PCP enables public procurers to compare alternative potential solution approaches and filter out the best possible solutions the market can deliver in order to address the public need.
MARINE-EO is the first pre-commercial procurement in the Earth Observation sector funded by the European Commission. It teams up a group of 5 maritime authorities (the buyers’ group) and a group of 4 prestigious scientific and technical organizations with significant experience in EO and maritime matters (the technical advisors) to develop, test and validate two sets of demand-driven EO-based services.
The Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT), as part of the Azores regional government, is one of NEREUS Full Members and part of the successful consortium implementing the MARINE-EO PCP.