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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Using Public Procurement to Stimulate Innovation and SME Access to Public Contracts

Reports

This report of the Procurement Innovation Group (Ireland) sets out to address various obstacles which have been identified to innovation-oriented tendering, and makes practical recommendations.

English

Ireland

Procurement Innovation Group

2009

Forward Commitment Procurement of a zero waste prison mattress solution

Case studiesFurniture

Historically, the majority of waste mattresses and pillows from Her Majesty's Prison Service (HMPS) were sent to landfill or incinerated (costing money and damaging the environment). HMPS worked with the DTI/DEFRA Environmental Innovations Advisory Group and OGC in the first Forward Commitment Procurement (FCP) demonstration project to deliver an innovative solution to this problem.

English

United Kingdom

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

2010

Weiz District Authority Office, Austria - Innovative facade and ventilation systems

Case studiesBuildings and construction

The Headquarters of the Weiz District authority was renovated to a highly energy efficient standard through the use of innovative facade elements and ventilation systems. Overall heating energy demand per m2 has been reduced by 80%.

English

Germany

SCI-Network

2011

STandards in European Public Procurement lead to INnovation (STEPPIN)project

Projects

The main objective of this project was to improve the way in which existing standards are referenced in European public procurement processes, with a view to helping bidding companies become more innovative in their product and service design and offering.

English

Europe/EU

SILVER: Technology with a human touch

ProjectsMedical equipment

The SILVER brochure provides a comprehensive overview of the SILVER project objectives, work, phases of the Pre-Commercial Procurement process and the anatomy of the SILVER call for tender.

English

Europe/EU

SILVER project

2016

Public Procurement of Innovation Policy Framework

PoliciesInfrastructure

This Framework describes the partnership and procurement arrangements Rijkswaterstaat wants to use to bring about innovations required to face our rapidly changing world. It also describes the Innovation Agenda - the process used by Rijkswaterstaat to outline which innovations should be given the highest priority.

English

Netherlands

Rijkswaterstaat

2014

Public procurement of innovation in the field of biotechnology

Reports

Report from the COTECT Foundation on the opportunities that public procurement of innovation offers within the biotechnology sector in Spain

Spanish

Spain

COTEC - Fundación para la innovación tecnológica

2011

Public Procurement of Innovation

Tools/Guidance

This guide is intended to help ensure that the public sector increasingly demands innovative products and provision of services and that public procurement of innovation serve in that process.

English

Europe/EU, Germany

KO-INNO

2017

Public Procurement for Smart Cities

Tools/Guidance

This guidance document has the objective of assisting cities to implement the most appropriate public procurement mechanisms, while advising the EU and national authorities of potential reforms.

English

Europe/EU

Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform

2013