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7 November 2014

EU releases up to €140 million for innovation procurement

To stimulate the uptake of public procurement of innovation (PPI) and pre-commercial procurement (PCP), the European Commission funding programme Horizon 2020 has released a budget of €130 - 140 million. Funding for PPI and PCP activities has been embedded across various work programmes.

Through this money, the EU intends to bring together consortia of procurers to prepare and undertake PPI or PCP, and to cooperate on identifying opportunities and preparing for future PPI and PCP activities. Support for procurers can be found in programmes related to European Research Infrastructures, Information and Communication Technologies, Health, Food and Bioeconomy, Energy, Transport, and Climate Change and the Environment.

Details of the funding opportunities, in addition to information on effectively tendering for and implementing PPI and PCP projects, will be presented at the upcoming conference "Modernising the public sector and boosting economic growth through Innovation Procurement", set to take place in Milan (Italy) from 26 – 27 November.

For more information on funding opportunities, visit the Horizon 2020 website.