What is a competence centre for innovation procurement?

A competence centre on innovation procurement is an organisation/organisational structure that has been assigned the task by its government and has a mandate according to national law to encourage wider use of pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI) that includes among others providing practical and/or financial assistance to public procurers in the preparation and/or implementation of PCP and PPI across all sectors of public interest.


Where can I find my national innovation procurement competence centre?

The following European countries have established competence centres which can provide a range of services and support public procurers interested in innovation procurement:


Establishing new competence centres

As part of the EU Horizon 2020-funded Procure2Innovate project, at least five new innovation procurement competence centres will be established, in order to help more procurers access the support they need to conduct PCP and PPI, especially in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. New competence centres are currently planned in:

  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Portugal

If you are interested in setting up a new competence centre for innovation procurement, you might want to read these two documents: FAQs for new competence centres and Services list, that shed light on what should be considered when starting a new competence centre (what is it? what are the steps to take?) and what services can be offered.

For more information, visit the Procure2Innvoate project website.