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Under the PPI4HPC project, funded by the European Commission (call EINFRA-21-2017), a group of leading European supercomputing centres (BSC in Spain, CINECA in Italy, Forschungszentrum Juelich-JSC in Germany and GENCI/CEA in France) formed a buyer’s group to execute a joint Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) for the first time in the area of High-Performance Computing (HPC). The document provides details on the procedure that the partners undertook to initiate and run the joint public procurement process and the legal lessons that they learnt along the course of actions.
The HAePPI project, framed within the Erasmus + programme, has emerged with the aim of developing a new learning curriculum on PPI in line with the needs of habitat and eHealth SMEs. As a first step to achieve this goal, project partners have dedicated the first months of the project to conduct a study to identify the needs and gaps that currently have SMEs to participate on public tenders of innovation, that are necessary to be covered in the future HAePPI training course. For this, they have benefited from the participation of almost 25 public authorities and SMEs of the European Union. Through interviews with experts, public procurement responsibles, and SME´s CEOs and managers, they have been able to see first-hand on the barriers SMEs have to face this kind of public tenders, aspects of a tender that could facilitate SMEs participation, and what are the key aspects for a future training on PPI. The information collected has been analysed into final report, that encloses an introduction to PPI concept, a brief analysis of the benefits and barriers of the participation of SMEs in PPI tenders through different references, and the results of the survey performed by HAePPI project partners.
What are the main fields of innovation in public IT? What are the most important developments, what application options exist and what effects can be expected? Where are opportunities, where are risks lurking? In order to answer these questions, five key areas of innovation in public IT in a data analysis of almost two million scientific publications were identified: resource-efficient AI, new developments in blockchain technology, artificial realism, weaknesses in AI systems and the automated detection of human emotions , Intentions and behaviour. In addition to a detailed look at the current fields of innovation, we also take a quick look back and give recommendations for the future design of developments triggered by the fields of innovation.
The goal of the here presented research study is to develop a typology, which gives a better understanding of what kind of archetypes of European innovation ecosystems exist. Additionally, the study develops a set of flexible and fixed criteria for the archetypes, which can be used by cities to classify themselves and develop the best strategies to develop innovation ecosystems.