Resources on Procurement of Innovation

Doing innovation procurement requires specific knowledge and expertise. Luckily, many resources exist, including guidance, criteria sets and case studies, which can help you on your journey to purchasing innovative goods and services.

In addition, you can visit our 'Services and Expertise' page to find more information on specific projects, initiatives and other services which can support you to do innovation procurement in practice.

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Towards optimal public procurement of innovation: Case based success & failure learnings

Case studies

This manual has been written for procurement professionals working in European public authorities. It condenses the main learnings of the INNOBOOSTER procurement cases enriched by learnings of the INNOBOOSTER partners resulting from prior innovation procurements in which they were involved.

English

Europe/EU

INNOBOOSTER project

2017

Water Public Innovation Procurement Policies (Water PiPP)

ProjectsInfrastructure

Water PiPP is about exploring new public innovation procurement methodologies and testing them in the water sector, where European innovation potential is blocked by a number of bottlenecks. The project deals with "Ensuring the integration of water and innovation demonstration projects and support to trans-national networks of procurers" and aims at facilitating real innovation, mobilising public authorities, public and private purchasers, water utilities, networks of cities and regions, the Research and Innovation community related to the water sector. Water PIPP is a collaborative project funded by the European Commission under Framework Programme 7.

English

Europe/EU

2014

Delivering efficiency, quality and sustainability in healthcare through innovation procurement: Case study based report

Case studies

The case study report is based on the experience of the EcoQUIP Innovation Procurement Pilot Projects and describes the approach and methods used, learning gained in their implementation and the outcomes.

English

Europe/EU

Creating the conditions for innovation procurement: Towards a good practice guide

Tools/GuidanceBuildings and constructionMedical equipment

The LCB-Healthcare project aimed to stimulate demand for innovative low-carbon solutions for the healthcare sector by providing procurement decision makers with the knowledge and tools to achieve more sustainable buildings within their budget constraints. This guide disseminates the findings of a workshop help by the LCB proejct.

English

Europe/EU

2011

CHARM Programme - improving traffic management through pre-commercial procurement (PCP)

ProjectsICT (information and communication techn.)

Some specific functions that significantly improve traffic management are not yet available on the market. The CHARM PCP project (2012-2017) challenged the market to develop innovative traffic management functions for Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands) and Highways England. External companies have developed six new prototypes for incident detection, network management and in-car systems.

English, Dutch

Netherlands, United Kingdom

2017

Functional Specification guide - Developing a sustainable functional specification in 6 steps

Tools/Guidance

This guide is intended for anyone within the tender and procurement process who in any capacity is involved in developing specifications and is looking to go further or has more ambition than setting minimum sustainability requirements in a tender and procurement process.

English

Netherlands

Dutch Ministery of the Interior and Kingdom Relations/Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

2013

Innovation Procurement Brokers

Projects

The main objective of this project is to establish an Innovation Procurement Broker (IPB) that brings together and facilitates the procurement of innovative goods and services between contracting authorities, suppliers of innovation (with a special focus on SMEs and start-ups), investors, and researchers. This sustainable business model is based on scaling up the activities of 5 pilot schemes at European level. The pilots are implemented at regional and national level testing out different approaches.

English

Europe/EU

EU GPP Case Study - Procurement of energy efficient street lighting

Case studiesLightingInfrastructure

The Municipality of Župa Dubrovačka recognised the need to improve the quality of street lighting in the Municipality and decided to do so by installing a fixed lighting installation which would achieve that goal and thereby improve public safety, traffic safety and traffic flow at night.

English

Europe/EU, Croatia

2015

Energy Innovation Procurement. A Guide for City Authorities

Tools/GuidanceEnergyLighting

This Guide provides a multi-level approach for ambitious City authorities that wish to achieve transformational energy outcomes across the city. It includes the methodology that was created and applied within the European project CEPPI (Coordinated energy-related PPIs actions for cities) known as the ‘Flexible Framework for Energy Innovation Procurement’, approaches to needs identification and planning, and strategies for procurement interventions to achieve innovation.

English

Europe/EU