Call for Tender “Antisuperbugs”

The call for tender has been published on the 26th of July 2019. The deadline for submission of proposals will be on the 28th of October 2019. There is the option for companies to offer their availability by putting in a tender as a consortium (the list of economic operators willing to submit a bid in consortium is available here).

Six leading European procuring entities under the lead of AQuAS challenge the industry to develop a smart ICT solutions able to detect the presence of resistant microorganisms, give real-time feedback to the user and at the same time share the information with the healthcare provider electronic record systems linking the infection with the place of the detection.

The available budget for the research, development and testing of these innovative solutions is 3.45 million Euro (VAT included).

The call documents will be published on the TED platform and the public procurement platform.

The procurement will take the form of a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) under which R&D service contracts will be awarded to a number of R&D providers in parallel in a phased approach. This will make it possible to compare competing alternative solutions.

Each selected operator will be awarded a framework agreement that covers 3 R&D phases: 

  • Phase 1: Up to solution design; 
  • Phase 2: Up to a validated prototype; 
  • Phase 3: Up to original development, validation and testing of a limited set of first products or services.

The procurement – from the tender procedure until the subsequent performance of contracts – is expected to start in 26/07/2019 and to end in 29/08/2021.

The selected operators will retain ownership of the intellectual property rights (IPRs) that they generate during the PCP and will be able to use them to exploit the full market potential of the developed solutions beyond the Buyer Group.

This is a joint procurement involving different countries, and the state applicable national procurement law is the Spanish one. The lead procurer (Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitària de Catalunya) is appointed to coordinate and lead the joint PCP, and to sign and award the framework agreement and the specific contracts for all phases of the PCP, in the name and on behalf of the following Buyers Group:

  • ICO/VINCat (Catalan Institute of Oncology/Catalan Nosocomial Infections Surveillance Programme), Spain  
  • UKA (Aachen University Hospital), Germany  
  • STH (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), UK 
  • PAT (Provincia Autonoma di Trento), Italy 
  • HELIOS (HELIOS Universitätsklinikum Wuppertal), Germany 
  • FMT (Fundació Mutua de Terrassa), Spain.

The Lead Procurer is not part of the Buyers Group and the EU is not participating as a contracting authority in this procurement.

The consortium comprises also the following partners, who provide a scientific-technical and/or legal support : 

  • Sara Bedin, Independent expert on Innovation Public Procurement and PCP specialist


Are you interested in the Anti-SUPERBugs PCP project? Would you like to know how to submit proposals in the procurement platform? Please consult the tutorial for bidders available here.

If you need to ask questions and queries on the bid procedure follow the instructions below:

a) go to AQuAS profile in the Public Procurement platform:;

b) click on the sub-section “Tender announcements” (Tenders > Tender announcements);

c) click on the announcement  “ANTISUPERBUGS: Pre-commercial procurement to buy R&D services for the development of early -and continuous- detection systems of microorganisms that may lead to hospital-acquired infections”(;

d) go to the top right in this section “Notice Board” and click on “Questions and Queries”; 

e) in the Section “Questions and Queries” fill in the following information:  company name, contact name, telephone, email and raise the question and query in the corresponding box;

f) press “Send”.