The Public Procurement of Innovation Award aims to recognise successful public procurement practices that have been used to purchase innovative, more effective and efficient products or services.

The 6 Finalists of the Procurement of Innovation Award 2014

The winner will be revealed at the EcoProcura conference taking place in Ghent, Belgium on 24-26 September 2014.

Région Rhône Alpes, France - distance learning using robotics

Région Rhône Alpes initiated the procurement ‘High School Robot’. In this procurement Région Rhône Alpes asked the market through a competitive dialogue to design a robotic remote presence solution for sick high school students who have an illness that prevents them from attending classes. The robotic remote presence solution is a virtual solution for this problem. During the procurement end-users were involved through a co-innovation scenario process. This SME friendly process included a series of workshops and observations in multidisciplinary working groups. More information.

HetWaterschapshuis, Netherlands - data service for water barrier management

Het Waterschapshuis together with the Stichting IJKdijk initiated the procurement ‘Dike Data Service Center’. In this procurement the market was asked to deliver an open source platform to combine different data sources and to store and use information for the assent management of water barriers. The platform aims to become the open source standard and a community for public authorities from the European Union and beyond. The winner of the procurement was selected entirely on the offered quality. Het Waterschapshuis set a maximum price and listed minimum and optional functional requirements. More information.

Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam - Robotic Bedwashing Facility

Erasmus University Medical Center initiated the procurement ‘Robotic Bedwashing Facility’. In this procurement the Erasmus University Medical Center asked the market to design a more cost efficient solution to disinfect hospital annually 70.000 beds and mattresses, that also used less energy and water. Erasmus University Medical Center used the Forward Commitment Procurement principles that included a series of market soundings that stimulated cross supply chain interaction, a competitive dialogue and outcome based requirements. In the selection phase less emphasis was put on the past experiences with bed washing facilities than in regular procurements. More information.

Federal Procurement Agency Austria – electronic delivery of official document

The Federal Procurement Agency Austria initiated the procurement ‘Dual Delivery’. In this procurement the market was asked to deliver a significantly improved form of delivering official documents via safe electronic channels as an electronic delivery of documents saves costs and energy, speeds up delivery time and is more convenient for citizens and businesses. The procurement was set up as a negotiated procurement procedure. In the preparation phase, all representatives of federal agencies were invited for a general information event. Moreover, a stakeholder consultation was set up by the Federal Procurement Agency. More information.

A Coruña City Council – smart city platform

The geographical and functional peculiarities of the city of A Coruña suggest that the integrated management of the city is preferred over a traditional management model. For that reason, the A Coruña City Council initiated the procurement ‘smart city platform’. In this procurement the market was asked to develop a ‘brain’ which, although less visible to  the public, provides support to current and future city services and contributes the holistic vision that will enable its comprehensive management. More information

City of Oslo – a smarthouse platform for Omsorg+ Kampen

The housing residence Omsorg+ Kampen in Oslo has in total 91 apartments with 102 elderly residents. For the housing residence the City of Oslo initiated the procurement ‘smart house platform’. In this procurement the market was asked to deliver a technology that enables the residents to communicate with relatives, friends and health personnel, as well as everyday activities such as ordering food from the restaurant. Based on these activities, a functional specification was developed for the tender. More information

    11 nominees for Procurement of Innovation Award

    These are the eleven nominees that had been chosen from all applications for the PPI Award:

    • Région Rhône Alpes, for distance learning using robotics;
    • Het Waterschapshuis, for a data service for water barrier management;
    • Water Board Limburg, for efficient sludge treatment;
    • Local Authority of Gijon, for a new e-procurement system;
    • Erasmus MC, for an efficient bed washing facility; 
    • The City of Oslo, for a smart platform for more efficient health care;
    • Town Council of the Municipality of Puerto Lumbreras, for greater energy efficiency in lighting and infrastructure;
    • Resah, for an innovative cleaning process for clothes;
    • A Coruña City Council, for an innovative smart city solution;
    • The Federal Procurement Agency Austria, for a new information channel;
    • Water Board Noorderzijlvest, for the integration of different data sources on rain fall.

    What will the successful entry win?

    The winning entry will receive:

    • An award for innovation procurement excellence, together with the title “European innovation
      procurement of the year”.
    • A case study presented on the Procurement of Innovation Platform.
    • Promotion across Europe and internationally.
    • The possibility of a paid experience exchange visit to a selected public authority.
    • Free entry to EcoProcura 2014 conference.

    Who can apply?

    The award is open to applicants from national, regional and local public authorities.

    How do I apply?

    To apply for the award simply complete the application form and send it to the Procurement of Innovation Platform team. Next year's award will be opened for applications in September 2014.