The European Commission's DG Grow has published its guidance on innovative public procurement in all EU languages.
The Guidance on Innovation Procurement focuses on the fundamental aspects of innovation procurement - why it is important, who should be interested, and most importantly, how it can be done - and shows how different procurement procedures can be used to find innovative solutions to society's most pressing challenges.
The guide includes good practice examples, and aims to help public procurers with a range of practical issues and innovation procurement mechanisms, including competitive dialogue, design contests, and pre-commercial procurement (PCP).
The Guide was first published in May 2018, and can be accessed in all languages here.
The European Union is currently accepting proposals for projects in the innovation procurement area.
In total, €56m is available, including an open call for funding which offers 90% co-financing for pre-commercial procurements (PCPs) of ICT solutions (€6m), a health care call offering 30% co-financing for procuring digital innovative solutions for an aging society (€10m) and 90% co-financing for PCPs of next generation sequencing for routine diagnostics (€40m.
Horizon 2020 - one of Europe's largest ever funding programmes - aims to encourage research and innovation activities in Europe, for the development of smart, sustainable solutions to key societal challenges.
For more information on current calls and deadlines, visit the European Commission's website.