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Call for offers: impact study Danish Swiss participation in Eurostars


In 2018, the Eurostars programme for R&D performing SME celebrates its 10 year’s anniversary. Denmark and Switzerland have since its launch in 2008 invested in their partners in 470 Eurostars projects with a public funding amount of approximately 130 Mio. €, including the top-up funding of the European Commission.

Around 40% of the Danish and Swiss projects are within biotech and a large portion of the projects are within ICT (30%) and industrial production (20%). Another characteristic is that both countries fund both industrial and academic partners in the projects.

Several impact studies have been conducted on EU level including all 36 Eurostars member states. However, given the large number of participating countries, detailed statistics on national level has been limited or absent. Besides, the studies often use European databases with few or no data on SME’s with less than 20 employees.

Denmark and Switzerland haven’t conducted any national econometric impact study on Eurostars since the beginning of the programme in 2008. The main reason has been the limited number of concluded projects. But now, 10 years after the programme start, a number of projects have been concluded that provide a statistically significant basis for an econometric impact study.

Aim and content of the Impact Study

The impact study must provide a statistically significant evidence for national engagement in the Eurostars programme. The impact study is, hence, primarily intended for the board and the management of the national funding agencies in Denmark and Switzerland.

In the framework of the impact study, the following questions shall be addressed:

  • What is the econometric impact for Switzerland and Denmark resulting from the investment in Eurostars? The findings in both countries shall be explained in context of the national situation for the most active sectors (biotech, ICT, production).
  • What is the impact for the companies from Switzerland and Denmark?
  • Can the impact study provide any catalytic impact of Eurostars for unsuccessful applicants?

Methodology and data

Econometric counterfactual impact study

  • The reference for the study is: Central Innovation Manual on Excellent Econometric, Evaluation of the Impact of Public R&D Investments.
  • The treated group of companies consists of the full sample of companies from Denmark and Switzerland participating in Eurostars projects (On the Swiss side the projects from the AAL programme 2008-2017 will be included in the same treated group). The collection of data for these companies as well as the matching with an untreated reference group including the respective data shall be extracted from existing and accessible national databases in Denmark and Switzerland. Access to those databases is a mandatory prerequisite.
  • The study operates with one reference group: comparable non-treated companies, which have not participated in any funding programme.
  • The study focuses on the econometric target values 
    • R&D investment,
    • gross investment,
    • export
    • employees,
    • total turnover.

NB: The selection of econometric target values may depend on the quality of available national statistical information.

  • The econometric counterfactual impact study distinguishes between large enterprises and SMEs, and takes into account their role in the projects (Coordinator (main) or partner)). A special focus is given to the Eurostars target group, the R&D performing SMEs, which constitute 90% of all SMEs.
  • The results must be divided into quartiles identifying the impact of having participated in Eurostars compared to companies not having participated.
  • It should further be considered to compare the impact on top 50 projects per call with DK or CH participation of the Eurostars common ranking list with the rest of the funded projects with DK or CH participation of the Eurostars common ranking list.
  • The results of the econometric impact on a company level shall be contextualized with reference to the national situation for the most active sectors (biotech, ICT, production).

The impact study will be limited to concluded projects which have statistical track records after the conclusion of the project.


Activity Responsibility Mar. Apr. May June Jul. Aug. Sept.

Invitation of potential



Deadline for offer submission



Selection of contractor



Issue contract



Kick-off meeting



Mid-term workshop


Presentation of the final


Submission of final report


Approval of final report




The budget for the present mandate is max. 140.000 €. The budget covers:

  • Collection of data for the econometric study from national databases in Denmark and Switzerland.
  • Analysis of the data in line with the reference study
  • Writing of the report
  • Travel costs for three coordination meetings in Denmark or in Switzerland

 Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be applied for the selection of the contractor:

  • Access to data(-providers) in Denmark and in Switzerland: max. 10 points
  • Expertise in econometric counterfactual impact studies: max. 10 points
  • Availability to fulfil the time plan: max. 10 points
  • Cost efficiency of the study: max. 10 points.

 Invitation to submit offers and required offer format

The budget specified under chapter 4 allows an invitation process for the present mandate. We herewith invite interested parties to submit their offer simultaneously to Ms. Friederike Rass and Mr. Jens Peter Vittrup before 30th of April 2018 till noon. Questions concerning the mandate can be directed to both contacts. Offers submitted after 30. April 2018 will not be considered.

Offers for conducting the described study have to be in English and max. 20 pages long. English is also the language for any communication among the parties and of the final report. Partial offers are not considered.

As access to the respective company data from both countries as well as a balanced analysis is essential, the call for tender is open for joint applications with partners from Denmark or Switzerland respectively. Consortia of contractors are allowed if one of the contractors takes the lead and the roles of all contractors are clearly assigned. Subcontractors are allowed if the main contractor takes the responsibility for the subcontractors and if the roles of the subcontractors in the project are clearly assigned.

The following elements are mandatory for submitting an offer and shall guarantee a fair and transparent evaluation:

  • Description of the contractor or consortium of contractors
  • Project plan and required resources
  • Detailed cost estimation and information about the project team
  • Description of data collection in Denmark and in Switzerland
  • References of counterfactual impact studies carried out by at least one contractor.



State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation:

Friederike Rass (project leader Switzerland), Tel+41 58 460 58 93


Innovation Fund Denmark:

Jens Peter Vittrup (project leader Denmark), Tel:+45 6190 5023

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