3 October 2019

Apply for free legal and techhnical assistance for PCP and PPI procurement of ICT

Apply for free legal and techhnical assistance for PCP and PPI procurement of ICT

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The European Assistance for Innovation Procurement initiative (eafip) has launched its third 2019 call for assistance for pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and PPI of ICT solutions. These include solutions in areas such as virtual/augmented reality, big data, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. The deadline to apply to this third call is next 13th December.

In the first two calls of this year, eafip has already selected five projects to support:

European public procurers interested in receiving free of charge local assistance in the preparation and implementation of their next innovation procurement can apply to this call. All public procurers from EU member states are eligible to apply for assistance. Projects that receive EU funding for the costs related to the preparation and/or management of an innovation procurement (e.g. from Horizon 2020 or ESIF programmes) are not eligible for eafip assistance for activities that are eligible costs under the EU funding they already receive.

When assessing the applications, four criteria are taken into account: (1) concrete interest / commitment in starting a PCP/PPI project and maturity of the business case, (2) potential impact of the PCP/PPI procurement, with priority to high impact ICT solutions and innovation procurements under national digital/ICT strategies, (3) geographical balance of the cases to be assisted across the EU member states, and (4) lack of experience and existence of prior cases in the implementation of PCP/PPI under the legal system of the country in question.

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