SILVER (Supporting Independent LiVing for the Elderly through Robotics) is a development project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7).
The SILVER project searches for new technologies to assist elderly people in their everyday lives. By the use of robotics or other related technologies, the elderly can continue independent living at home even if they have physical or cognitive disabilities.
The new technologies and solutions are sought by using a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process. In Europe, the PCP has so far been an under-utilized tool for promoting innovation. One of the aims of this project is to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach to address societal and governmental needs.
The phase 1 of the SILVER Pre-Commercial Procurement process has been launched on the 1st of October 2013. This phase is a feasibility study during which successful tenderers are expected to verity the technical, economic and organizational feasibility of their ideas. The phase 1 will last for 6 months ending on the 31st of March 2014. The total budget for this phase is 350.000 EUR. If you want to view all phases of the SILVER Pre-Commercial Procurement process, please follow this link.
The SILVER consortium has now finished the assessment phase of the SILVER call for tender. In total, seven small or medium size European companies and/or consortia have succeeded in the assessment stage of the competition. Please note that all proposals are still subject to grant offer and conditions being met. Only after this can the first phase of PCP process be started. To view the summaries of successful proposals, please follow this link.
The consortium received in total 33 tenders by the time SILVER call was closed yesterday, on the 12th of June. All tenders are reviewed by a selected panel of experts within two weeks time. Each tender is assessed by five experts with knowledge of elderly care, robotics and/or general business knowledge. Based on the experts’ assessments, a preliminary ranking of the tenders is made. This ranking will be inspected and reviewed by a decision panel which will make the final decision on which tenderers are to be awarded contracts. The assessment criteria can be viewed from the SILVER Invitation to Tender.