Source of funding
Name of client/donor
European Commission (CIP)
Overall project value
February 2012 – January 2016
Number of staff
Public procurement accounts for about 19 percent of GDP in the EU and offers an enormous potential market for innovative products and services. Public procurement practices can help foster the market uptake of innovative products and services while improving the quality of public services in markets where the public sector is a significant purchaser. Seeking more innovative procurement solutions can yield benefits for both public authorities and the private sector, as well as the wider society.
The overall objective of the project was to structure and coordinate networking, capacity building and dissemination and to use public procurement as a mechanism for the procurement of innovation. In particular, the project aimed to make know-how on public procurement procedures for innovation procurement widely available and to make state-of-the-art solutions accessible to other procurers.
The new Procurement of Innovation Platform helps public authorities, procurers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders to harness the power of public procurement of innovation (PPI) and pre-commercial procurement (PCP). The platform comprises three elements: a website, a procurement forum, and a resource centre. The website provides the latest news on PPI and PCP developments and events, as well as background information on the European legal framework, policy support and more. The forum is a specially designed networking tool to support procurers. The resource centre offers a centralised database for PPI guidance bringing together in one place useful documents including national and European policy and strategy documents, tools, good-practice case studies, details of projects and initiatives, as well as reports and valuable links on innovation and procurement.
With the development of the Procurement of Innovation Platform the project created an online networking tool for procurers across Europe and beyond. Further support activities were carried out by project partners, such as the development of guidelines, the organisation of trainings and an experience exchange programme. A wide range of dissemination actions helped to spread information on PPI.
REC experts contributed to the following publication:
- Development and running of experience exchange programme
- Contribution to platform development
- Promotion and dissemination