Final Project Evaluation of the Centre for Excellence in Mobile Applications and Services(CEMAS)
University of South Wales | Published December 16, 2014 - Deadline January 23, 2015
The University of South Wales wishes to undertake a final project evaluation of the Centre of Excellence in Mobile Applications and Services (CEMAS). Such an evaluation is a key requirement of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) that the project receives.
CEMAS is part ERDF funded and based at the University of South Wales (USW). Its primary aim is to minimise the initial financial risk for Welsh SMEs in the Convergence region of Wales in creating a mobile application (app) for their business. CEMAS works with start-ups and SMEs to support their requirements for an app, advising and guiding them through its business support programme process until the release of the app.
CEMAS was approved by WEFO in September 2010 and was officially launched in March 2011. The programme was awarded an additional £500k in July 2013, which enabled the recruitment of additional staff and increased performance targets added to the project. A Mid Term Evaluation of the CEMAS project was undertaken by the Innovation Partnership in May 2014.
CEMAS contributes directly to the aims of the Priority 1 Theme 2 ‘ICT Infrastructure and Exploitation’ strategic framework, which seeks to raise value added by increasing the demand for the utilisation and embedded adoption of mobile technologies.
The project seeks to achieve both objectives of this Strategic Framework; namely encouraging firms to embed and fully utilise ICTs and promoting common platforms to encourage fair and open access to technologies.
The strategic framework specifies several indicative activities that have, in turn, been undertaken by the project to transform business processes, products and services. These include:
• appropriate support to SMEs to take-up and maximise the opportunities created by e-business to improve business processes, products and services;
• targeted support to stimulate the growth of high growth ICT industries, particularly those focused on the creation of more innovative content, services and applications;
• promoting equality of opportunity for all SMEs through effective use of ICT;
• supporting ICT applications that have an environmental benefit such as improving resource efficiency and reducing the need to travel.
As a single ‘hub’, the Centre operates from one location within South-East Wales (USW), but serves the entire Convergence region.
This is the proposed timetable for the Research Project:
Contract Notification: December 2014
Contract Award (appointment of preferred supplier): January 2015
Research Project Start: February 2015
Inception Meeting (which will be attended by WEFO): February 2015
Presentation of Interim Findings to Project Team: April 2015
Final report and Presentation: May 2015
The proposed length of the Research Project Contract (according to the timetable set out above) is 3 months.