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.
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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.
GPP Case Study- Frederiksberg is, like many European cities, challenged by urban flooding. While sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) are a growing practice in city planning, an ideal solution for Frederiksberg’s dense city streets did not yet exist. As such, the municipality decided to use an innovation partnership approach to procure a customised solution.
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.
As a unique smart city initiative from the European Commission, the Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) will provide its participants with technical support and knowledge-sharing opportunities to develop and implement smart action plans around 11 thematic areas. The goal is to help ambitious small to medium sized European cities unleash their potential to use advanced technologies to transform themselves, become more sustainable and raise living standards for their communities. The ICC will build on the success of the Digital Cities Challenge, which helped 41 EU cities develop a strategic vision and a roadmap for digital transformation. ICC cities will receive high quality and tailored guidance and expert support, access to advisory and city peer networks (European and international), and capability building tools, to drive priority policy goals and the uptake of advanced technologies. ICLEI as ICC partner supports the consortium to assess the applications of cities to the ICC as well as to manage the project, organise events and provide expertise to the 100 participants.
Technology has massive potential to boost learning, teaching and assessment, and since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s never been more important as a tool for maintaining education even at a distance. To help schools buy the technology they need, a series of videos has been produced by LEA – Learning Technology Accelerator, to introduce schools to the powerful tool of innovation procurement. The videos cover: • Why innovation procurement in education • Public Procurement of Innovation in 4 steps • Pre-Commercial Procurement in 5 steps • LEA School Labs – testing new technologies • LEA Buyers Network – practical support for buying learntech
Learning Technology Accelerator Online course is for organisations and people who are interested in buying learning technologies. On this course you will learn: •Basics of innovation procurement (Pre-Commercial Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovation) •5 Steps to PCP and PPI in the field of Education •How to identify and communicate your needs to other interested procurers •Where to search for funding and how apply for it •How to analyze the market and confirm an innovation gap •How to implement a PCP •Differences between joined and coordinated PPI legal frameworks •Bonus chapter on emerging learning technologies between 2020 to 2030
The LEA Project’s (learntechaccelerator.eu) goal is to accelerate knowledge transfer, dialogue and awareness-raising of innovation procurement within the learning technology (learntech) sector. A brochure has been published to selectively showcase reports and guidelines on innovation procurement of learning technology most relevant for universities. The publication covers the state-of-the-art and innovative trends in learntech development and also highlights useful tools for needs assessment and stakeholder dialogue to ensure that solutions developed through innovation procurement are fit for purpose for end users. Guidance from the European Commission on the legal framework and step by step approaches for innovation procurement is also included.
This Catalogue of Good Practices showcases five exemplary cases in Public Procurement of Innovation from the different InnoBrokers pilot projects. The good practice cases presented in the document encompass different stages of the brokerage service and focus in particular on pre-procurement planning and support, exemplary needs assessment process and market engagement methods.