Innovation procurement

According to the ‘Guidance on Innovation Procurement’ by the European Commission:

“Innovation procurement” refers to any procurement that has one or both of the following aspects:

– buying the process of innovation – research and development services – with (partial) outcomes;

– buying the outcomes of innovation created of others.

In the first instance, the public buyer buys the research and development services of products, services or processes, which do not exist yet. The public buyer describes its need, prompting businesses and researchers to develop innovative products, services or processes to meet the need.

In the second instance, the public buyer, instead of buying off-the-shelf, acts as an early adopter and buys a product, service or process that is new to the market and contains substantially novel characteristics.

What is Pre-Commercial Procurement?

Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) is an approach to public procurement of research and development (R&D) services that is outlined in the PCP communication and associated staff working document. It is an important tool to stimulate innovation as it enables the public sector to steer the development of new solutions directly towards its needs.

What is Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI)?

Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI) happens when the public sector uses its purchasing power to act as early adopter of innovative solutions which are not yet available on large scale commercial basis.

You can get more information at the following links:

Procure2Innovate  from the European Union and information from Spain

as part of the project, in the fact-sheet or directly at the Centro de Desarrollo Técnico Industrial CDTI