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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Pre-commercial procurement of innovative open cloud services

Case studiesICT (information and communication techn.)

Large scale scientific projects in fields like genome analysis, astrophysics, life science and photon science rely on global collaboration. This requires huge amounts of data storage and analysis tools which meet the specific needs of the science and research community. A group of ten public research organisations from 7 Euroepan countries – headed by CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research - joined forces in a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project, which aimed to design a cloud-based system specifically for science and research. This PCP was cofounded by the European Commission’s H2020 Framework Programme via the Helix Nebula Science Cloud project. In recognition of its outstanding use of PCP, CERN was also awarded the 2019 Procura+ Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT Award, which is supported by the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project.


Europe/EU, Switzerland



Innovation procurement for renovating unused warehouse for a sustainable Youth Centre

Case studiesBuildings and construction

EC GPP Case Study - Consorci de la Ribera & Alzira Municipality (Spain) used an innovation procurement approach to sustainably refurbish an unused warehouse and transform it into a Youth Centre (“Casal Jove”) for Alzira. Suppliers were asked to provide innovative façade renovations which would significantly reduce the overall building energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions without compromising the building’s functionality and comfort.


Europe/EU, Spain

EC GPP Helpdesk


IP practical guide for public organizations of the Valencian Regional Administration Practical Innovation Procurement Guide for Public Organisations of the Valencian Regional Administration

Tools/GuidanceCase studies

Practical manual for administration staff. Collection of most relevant success stories and examples of documentation models.



AVI (Valencian Agency of Innovation)


Innovation Partnerships in Practice

Case studiesReports

A selection of first experiences of Innovation Partnerships in the Netherlands





Innovative Furniture Procurement Contributing To Green Supply Chain

Case studiesFurniture

Tianjin Binhai New Area successfully established a green evaluation scorecard for school furniture procurement in 2018 with the support of ICLEI East Asia.


International, China

ICLEI East Asia


Innovative lighting procurement for London's Underground network

Case studiesLighting

Best practice case study as part of the European Commission GPP In Practice series focusing on TfL's extensive market engagement for the procurement of innovative lighting.


Europe/EU, United Kingdom

European Commission


Disposable bio-based aprons for Skåne’s healthcare sector

Case studiesMedical equipment

Innovation-oriented public procurement to purchase renewable, bio-based aprons for the health sector in the Swedish region Skåne.



InnProBio consortium


Procuring energy saving building technologies - Torino

Case studiesEnergyBuildings and construction

In conjunction with the PAPIRUS project, ATC conducted a PPI process to procure technical solutions which improve energy performance. The contract was awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender, weighted according to energy efficiency, sustainability, installation and maintenance and economic criteria.


Europe/EU, Italy



ERAPRISM Best Practice Case Studies

Case studies

This report explores small countries' capacity to implement innovative public procurement through the identification and analysis of local case studies in Estonia, Malta, Latvia, Iceland and Slovenia.


Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia, Iceland