The DGPM is part of the consortium of 9 European bodies, led by the National Center for Scientific Research - Demokritos, which prepared and submitted an application, MARINE-EO, to the announcement published in the H2020 for the presentation of Earth Observation projects (H2020-EO-2-2016) - Downstream services for public authorities.
The application was approved by the European Commission on June 29, 2016 and the Agreement Consortium was signed on September 14, 2016 and subsequently entered into force on October 21, 2016, the Grant Agreement. The project will last for 47 months, starting on January 1, 2017, ending on November 30, 2020.
The purpose of the project is to promote the exploitation of the information produced by the Copernicus Program through the development of innovative solutions to address the critical challenges facing Europe today in the maritime and marine environment, in particular the monitoring of the marine environment and climate change, and at the same time illegal migration and border security, and maritime safety.
MARINE-EO has as partners: 5 buyers' group and a group of 4 prestigious scientific and technical organizations with significant experience in the field of maritime and maritime affairs (Technical Advisers).
The DGPM will be responsible for developing and executing the entire procurement procedure (Lead Procurer). The procedure will be done through the purchase of pre-commercial products (PCPs) that promote the adoption of Copernicus data, i.e. the availability and use of Earth Observation products / services.
The procedure, PCP, involves different suppliers competing in different stages of development. R & D is divided into 3 phases (Phase 1 - Design of the solution, Phase 2 - Development of the Prototype and Phase 3 - Original development and validation / testing of the first products) with the number of competing suppliers of R & D to be reduced after each phase of evaluation.