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Strategic analysis of IRCs Network

The Enterprise Directorate-General is calling for tenders for a strategic analysis of the Innovation Relay Centres (IRCs) Network in Europe. This technical service should effectively help the Commission in its implementation of the specific programme for 'Promotion of innovation and encouragement of SME's participation', within the EU's Fifth RTD Framework Programme.

The main aim of this call for tenders 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 2000-2002;
- Input from Member States' representatives as to their point of view 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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