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Strategic analysis of IRCs network - Prior information

The European Commission's Enterprise Directorate-General intends to launch a call for tenders for technical services relating to a strategic analysis of the Innovation Relay Centres (IRC) network.

The aim is to provide concrete recommendations for optimising the operational modalities (including financing) of the Innovation Relay Centres network, through a strategic analysis in the following domains:

- Analysis of current project objectives versus pertinence to regional needs;
- Investigation of the support provided by existing technology transfer service providers;
- Consultation with IRCs and with IRC clients, especially SMEs;
- Analysis of IRCs' work programmes for the period 2000 to 2002;
- Input from Member States' representatives on the future of the IRC network and on possible future funding options;
- Identification and analysis of possible funding options and possible impact on IRC structure and operations.

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