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.

167 resources online

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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.

English

Europe/EU, Belgium, United Kingdom

FIRED-uP

2013

SMART SPP Tool and accompanying User Guide for calculating Life-Cycle Costs and CO2 Emissions of products and services

Tools/Guidance

SMART SPP LCC-CO2 Tool and accompanying Tool User Guide - The tool has been developed to help you calculate the life cycle costs (LCC) and CO2 emissions of different products and services to assist in procurement decision-making. The User Guide explains what kind of information the tool can provide, how to use the tool in a tendering process and how the tool should be completed, and by whom.

Multiple
English, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish

Europe/EU

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

2011

Procuring innovative and sustainable construction - A guide for European public authorities

Tools/GuidanceBuildings and construction

This Guide for Public Authorities has been produced by the SCI-Network project, which aims to explore best practice in construction procurement and identify how best to encourage innovation and sustainability. It contains a series of recommendations for good practice developed by a series of working groups within the network.

Multiple
English, Finnish, German, Italian

Europe/EU

SCI-Network

2012

Procuring innovative and sustainable construction - European public authority snapshots

Case studiesBuildings and construction

This collection of best practice examples has been produced by the SCI-Network, Sustainable Construction and Innovation through Procurement. It is comprised by 40 real-life projects on innovative solutions within public construction works.

English

Europe/EU

SCI-Network

2012

Rotherham Lighting Project

Case studiesLighting

The Rotherham Future Ward Lighting project is an innovative element of a seven year programme of ward reconfiguration, which started in 2009.

English

United Kingdom

Nnational Health Service Sustainable Development Unit

SBIR The Power of public Procurement - report and case study collection

Case studies

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is a tendering process in which the Dutch national government supports entrepreneurs in their research and development work. Contracts are awarded in a three-phase competition: feasibility, research phase and commercialisation.

English, Dutch

Netherlands

NL Agency

2011

A Lead Market Initiative for Europe (LMI)

Useful links

A European Commission initiative, led by DG Enterprise and Industry, focused on encouraging innovation through boosting demand for innovative solutions. Public procurement is one of the kex areas of activity, with the initiative supporting several networks of public procurers.

English

Europe/EU

European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry

The competitive dialogue

Tools/Guidance

A guide to the optimal use of the competitive dialogue procedure produced by the Dutch central government based on a number of recent Dutch experiences.

English, Dutch

Netherlands

Dutch national government

2009

Public Procurement for Innovation in Baltic Metropolises

Case studiesReports

A collection of case studies of the procurement of innovative solutions in the Baltic region. The report also summarises the main elements considered favourable to innovation

English

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Sweden

Baltic Metropoles/Tallinn University of Technology

2007