About the Procurement of Innovation Platform

With Europe’s economy facing serious challenges with regard to growth and competitiveness, the imperative to find innovative and sustainable solutions to stimulate the market is higher than ever before. Recognising this necessity, ICLEI has developed the Procurement of Innovation Platform, a new online hub that helps public authorities, procurers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders harness the power of public procurement of innovation (PPI) and pre-commercial procurement (PCP). Custom-made to meet user’s needs, the Platform is comprised of three elements: website, Procurement Forum, and Resource Centre.

Going online, the website is the first port of call for all things PPI and PCP related. It contains the latest news on PPI and PCP developments and events, as well as background information on the European legal framework, policy support, and more.  The Procurement Forum is a specially designed networking tool. It is a space for procurers and related stakeholders from around Europe to discuss, share and connect, allowing them to post comments and upload documents, images or videos. Users can also create private groups, which are ideal for developing and coordinating projects involving numerous partners.

When it comes to knowledge the Resource Centre provides a centralised database for PPI guidance, gathering useful documents in one place. Resources include national and European policy and strategy documents, tools, good practice case studies, details of projects and initiatives, as well as reports and valuable links on innovation and procurement. 

The Platform has been developed with support from the European Commission, and in partnership with PIANOo – the Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre, REC – the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe and IWT – the Flemish agency for Innovation by Science and Technology.


About the Co-ordinator

ICLEI is:                             

  • An association of over 1,200 local governments that represents the interests of local authorities within the United Nations and at international policy forums.
  • A movement driving positive change on a global scale through programmes and campaigns on local sustainability.
  • A resource centre offering information, tools, networking, training and consulting services.

ICLEI has been working on sustainable procurement for over 15 years - helping support public authorities in implementation, spreading awareness of the concept, developing new approaches, and encouraging policy developments at the European and international level.

ICLEI is a member of the European Commission’s GPP EU-27Advisory Group chaired by The European Commission's DG Environment, the United Nations Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement and is a cofounder and Vice-Chair of the Internal Green Purchasing Network (IGPN).

ICLEI is involved in a variety of PPI initiatives and projects, hold events on SPP and co-ordinate networking activities.

Visit ICLEI's European homepage to find out more about the organisation.


The development of the Procurement of Innovation Platform has been achieved in collaboration with the following partners:


The Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre, was set up to professionalise procurement and tendering in all government departments, with a view to improving efficiency and compliance with the rules.

Professional procurement can contribute to successful policy and offers value for taxpayers' money. PIANOo brings procurement and tendering experts together, pools knowledge and experience and provides advice and practical tips. The Expertise Centre also fosters dialogue between public contracting authorities and private sector companies.

PIANOo works for and with a network of around 3,500 public procurement and tendering professionals. PIANOo is part of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.

Key themes on PIANOo at the moment are market knowledge, the position of procurement in the organisation, innovation-focused procurement, innovative procurement and sustainable procurement.


The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is an international organisation with a mission to assist in addressing environmental issues. The REC fulfils this mission by promoting cooperation among governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses and other environmental stakeholders, and by supporting the free exchange of information and public participation in environmental decision making.

The REC was established in 1990 by the United States, the European Commission and Hungary. Today, the REC is legally based on a charter with over 30 signatories and has an office network in 17 countries.


IWT is the Flemish agency for Innovation by Science and Technology. IWT helps Flemish companies and research centres in realizing their research and development projects.

IWT offers them financial funding, advice and a network of potential partners in Flanders and abroad. IWT also supports the Flemish Government in its innovation policy. 

IWT was one of the first agencies in Europe to found a Knowledge Centre on Procurement of Innovation in 2009.  It has established a sound pre-commercial procurement methodology in accordance with the EU guidelines on public procurement. IWT is Project Leader of the European FP7 project Smart@Fire on pre-commercial procurement (www.smartatfire.eu).