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02 15 2022

NATO Agency signs new agreement with not-for-profit organization

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) has signed the fifth agreement with a not-for-profit organization, allowing the Agency to start procurement activities under the Not-For-Profit Framework (NFPF) initiative.

With this signature, the Agency can begin the next phase of its framework initiative by launching the first competitions among the non-profit partners. The next step for the NCI Agency will be preparing the first solicitation within the NFPF.

NATO Agency signs new agreement with not-for-profit organization

"We are delighted to conduct a competition soon among these not-for-profit organizations. With each project conducted under this framework, we aim to deepen the Agency's relationships with not-for-profits from across the NATO Nations," said Jennifer Upton, Chief of Acquisition at the NCI Agency. "This is a crucial initiative to ensure we bring the best technologies and expertise into the Alliance."

The NFPF complements existing cooperation and contracting processes with industry and can reach across the capability development process. Not-For-Profits (NFPs) will support the NCI Agency in its scientific programme of work, research and development studies, and possibly in the future – in capability requirements, blueprints, change management or project and service provision assurance.

The new framework was first approved in 2020, and a call for applications was extended to all 30 NATO Nations. As of today, the NCI Agency has signed NFPF agreements with the following organizations:

  • Spanish organization Ingeneria de Sistemas para la Defensa de Espana (ISDEFE) (Spain), in capability development services;

  • Instituto De Telecomunicacoes (Portugal), in research and development services in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT);

  • NASK - National Research Institute (Poland), in science and research;

  • Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa (UAL) (Portugal) , in education and consultancy;

  • And Technical University of Madrid (Spain), in ICT. 

For more information on the NFPF and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the NFPF section on the Agency website here. To submit your NFP agreement application, please contact the NCI Agency's NFPF team at [email protected].