DALLAS – A thorough commissioning process to take less than a year (UK)

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Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale (DALLAS) is a programme/competition that will establish three to five sites across the UK (one site will be located in Scotland) with a minimum of 10,000 users per site that will “show how assisted living technologies and services can be used to promote wellbeing, and provide top quality health and care, enabling people to live independently – including a preventative approach.” It also aims to “unlock new markets in social innovation, service innovation and wellness, enabled by technology…[and] will help to grow the sector and position UK companies to take advantage of increasing global demand”. Successful projects will attract 100% public funding and last up to 36 months.

The competitive process began on 7 June 2011 and applicants must register by 20 July 2011 with a first stage submission deadline of 27 July 2011. Winners to be announced 30 April 2012. So, less than a year then…full details in the PDF brochure dated, if you look at the end, February 2011. Webpage.

[So is a ‘grant’ awarding programme of this scale not subject to – and therefore being used to sidestep – EU tendering processes? Or have I missed something? Ed. Steve]