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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Tunnel safety

Case studiesTransport and vehicles

In this development project, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration draws attention to tunnel safety. They challenge the market for solutions that make it possible to detect incidents, provide information about what is happening and help with self-rescue. The development project is one of four innovation partnerships that received funding from Innovation Norway in 2017. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration receives project support in the implementation from Innovation Norway, Difi and the National Program for Supplier Development




ProjectsICT (information and communication techn.)Transport and vehiclesEnergy

Artificial Intelligence (AI), one of the fastest-growing technologies in recent years, has the potential to play a mission-driven role in cities’ climate action plans. The AI4Cities project aims to harness this potential by bringing together leading European cities looking for energy and mobility solutions to reduce GHG emissions and support their climate action commitments towards carbon neutrality. Helsinki (Finland), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Paris region (France), Stavanger (Norway) and Tallinn (Estonia) are the six European cities and regions involved in this project. In AI4Cities, these six cities will go through a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process. PCP is an innovation procurement tool to stimulate market innovation as it enables the public sector to steer the development of new solutions directly towards its needs. In this context, the six cities will define the needs and requirements of the energy and mobility solutions to be developed, and challenge start-ups, SMEs and companies to design innovative solutions applying the use of AI and related enabling digital technologies, such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and big data applications. The AI4Cities project is divided into five main phases (0-4): one preparatory phase (0), three standard PCP phases (1 – solutions design, 2 – prototype phase, and 3 – prototype testing phase) and one final impact assessment and follow up phase (4). A group of follower cities will be recruited throughout the project to enhance the market uptake of the developed solutions.


Europe/EU, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway

ICLEI Europe


Driving energy efficient innovation through procurement - A practical guide for public authorities

Tools/GuidanceICT (information and communication techn.)Transport and vehiclesBuildings and constructionLighting

This guide provides clear steps for public authorities that want to become “innovation-friendly” – that is achieving the most innovative, energy-efficient solutions within their procurement actions, particularly through increased dialogue with suppliers and producers.

English, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish


The SMART SPP consortium, c/o ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability



ProjectsICT (information and communication techn.)Transport and vehicles

The FABULOS (Future Automated Bus Urban Level Operation Systems) project focuses on how cities can use automated buses in a systematic way. The goal is to procure the operations of an autonomous bus line.



Pre-Commercial Procurement for Intelligent Transport Systems: A Guide for PCP Actors

Tools/GuidanceTransport and vehicles

This handbook is designed to help the reader understand the challenges raised by the use of Pre-Commercial Procurement for Intelligent Transport Systems. It gathers the main steps of the preparation of PCP, and details the points that the public authorities will have to answer according to their objectives and their situation.





Eco-innovation Action Plan

PoliciesCase studiesFood and cateringTransport and vehiclesEnergyBuildings and construction

Launched by the European Commission in December 2011, the new Action Plan will build on the valuable experience gained to date from its successor (the Environmental Technologies Action Plan) – especially in promoting eco-innovation’s development and uptake across Europe. The EcoAP is a significant step forward for eco-innovation, moving the EU beyond green technologies and fostering a comprehensive range of eco-innovative processes, products and services. The ambitious plan will also focus on developing stronger and broader eco-innovation actions across and beyond Europe.



European Commission, DG Environment



ProjectsTransport and vehicles

SUITS aims to enhance the capacity of the local authorities and of other stakeholders in terms of innovative procurement in compliance with the latest European legislation on public procurement and on public passenger transport services.



London gets FIRED-uP with smarter fire engines

Case studiesTransport and vehicles

London Fire Brigade launched a competitive dialogue using output-based specifications, to improve the environmental performance of their fire-fighting vehicles.


United Kingdom

European Commission, DG Environment


The Case for Innovative Procurement

ReportsTextilesTransport and vehicles

This report forms the basis of Work Package 2 “The Case for Innovative procurement.” It draws upon research carried out by the partners to identify the environmental impact of their existing vehicles and assess future procurement needs. It then turns to an overview of potential solutions to meet these needs. This report addresses the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of innovative procurement for fire and rescue service vehicles. The guidance framework prepared under Work Package 3 “Risk Management” addresses the ‘how’ and ‘who’, by looking at different approaches to supplier engagement, procurement and contract design and implementation.


Europe/EU, Belgium, United Kingdom