Call for proposals - Supporting public procurement of innovative solutions: networking and financing procurement ENT/CIP/11/C/N02C011 Closed!


The objective of this call is to support public procurers in purchasing new and improved solutions, products and services in areas of grand societal challenges as defined by Innovation Union communication, thereby increasing the demand for innovation and enhancing innovation of public services in relation to the improvement in quality/efficiency of public services.

This objective is to be realised through establishing trans-national networks to enable Contracting Authorities (as defined by Directives 2004/18/EC and 2004/17/EC) and organizations supporting innovation procurement.


The activities supported by this call are:

  1. Development of public procurement of innovative solutions (preparation phase and implementation phase): to create buyers groups dedicated to prepare for the procurement of innovative solutions (including needs assessment, market consultation (involvement of the supply chain (in particular European SMEs)), specification development, risk management), and the actual procurement process (including defining the conditions for the collaboration between contracting authorities, sharing resources in the evaluation of bids and related procedures, translations and publicising the calls for tender); and, with the possibility to implement within the time-line of the project a public procurement of innovative solutions co-financed by the European Union; resulting in the first application / commercialisation of innovations of European Union relevance which have already been technically demonstrated with success but which, owing to residual risk, are not yet commercially available in the market in which the procurement authority operates. This includes solutions based on existing technologies that are to be utilised in a new and innovative way, as well as non-technological innovations.
  2. Create and run a European platform dedicated to "public procurement as tool for innovation": to develop a European platform to support the use of public procurement as tool for innovation policy, aiming in particular at making widely available know-how on public procurement procedures for innovation procurement (e.g. PPI & PCP), and state-of-the-art solutions accessible to other procurers.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 15,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 27 September 2011 - 10 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche ENT/CIP/11/C/N02C011 (Guidelines for applicants)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Third countries

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry

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