The Procure2Innovate project will establish or expand competence centres for innovation procurement in ten EU Member States. The project aims to improve institutional support and quality of advice for public procurers of information and communication technologies (ICT), and other product groups implementing innovation procurement. Procure2Innovate is supported by the European Union's Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020.
The project foresees the expansion of, and improvement of services at, five existing competence centres in: Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. During the course of the project, new competence centres will also be created in five additional countries: Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Portugal.
The project has five specific aims:
build a permanent network of competence centres to facilitate networking, knowledge sharing, collaboration and best practice exchange on innovation procurement;
support the five existing innovation procurement competence centres to enlarge their scope, further increase their impact and enhance their services offered to public procurers;
establish five new innovation procurement competence centres and guide them in effectively addressing public procurers and increasing the efficient use of procurement of innovation;
support the competence centres in developing expertise to facilitate cross-border cooperation and joint procurement;
communicate and disseminate the tools, approaches and results developed by the competence centres at European level giving public procurers and other stakeholders in all EU Member States access to expertise and knowledge on innovation procurement.
The Procure2Innovate project consortium is comprised of 17 partner organisations, including the project co-ordinator, the Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME), and two expert partners (ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and Sara Bedin) assisting the competence centres.