Open call for participation in a European funded security project

On the 20th September 2019, the SHUTTLE project has launched a call for tender -with a budget of 7.4M€ including VAT - to select the potential service suppliers that will build its European toolkit for microscopic traces analysis.
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PARIS - Sept. 26, 2019 - PRLog -- SHUTTLE stands for "Scientific High-throughput and Unified Toolkit for Trace analysis by forensic Laboratories in Europe" and is a research project supported by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. The aim of the project is to develop a toolkit which facilitates the microtraces analysis collected in crime scenes. The development of this toolkit will be realised through a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) action which means that the public authorities within the SHUTTLE project invite the commercial sector to make an offer for the required Research and Development (R&D) services in order to develop the toolkit. The official call for tender was launched on 20th September 2019. Any interested solution supplier is invited to participate.

Microscopic traces analysis limitations and the SHUTTLE concept
Microscopic traces analysis currently relies on the "Microscopist eyes". It is time-consuming, selective and hardly objective due to the complexity of the process. The SHUTTLE toolkit will contain tools which will help solving these difficulties.
• A microscopic grade tape or any other lifting system
• An automated microscope to acquire high quality images of the recovered traces
Algorithms for image processing to classify more accurately the identified traces
• A database and search algorithms to facilitate future data analyses and comparisons

The call for tender: Pre-Commercial Procurement of innovative products & services
This PCP action is coordinated and jointly carried out by the SHUTTLE partners which will organize and manage the procurement of R&D services through a three-phases competitive selection process. After the call for tender, the tenders will be reviewed by the consortium and at least four suppliers (Industry, Research Institutes etc.) will be awarded a contract (ca. January 2020) to produce a concept design. In the second phase, the providers of the most promising concept designs will be invited to build a prototype and, after an operational validation process in the third phase, possibly build a larger range of products.

Where to find information on the SHUTTLE toolkit and call for tender?
To learn more about the PCP tender please visit The tender documents will also be available here:
Additional information can also be found in the Q&A section ( of the SHUTTLE Public Website
To subscribe to the SHUTTLE Newsletter, please visit

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