Call for proposals - Support to trans-national networks of procurers FP7-COH-2012-Procurers Closed!


The objective of the call is to promote and develop innovation-oriented public procurements notably in domains covered by the European Innovation Partnerships (in complement to CIP activities). The action aims at enhancing the strategic use of public procurement at regional and/or local level in order to stimulate creative responses from the market, uptake of R&D results and develop innovative public services.

By supporting the development, cooperation and integration of transnational networks of procurers the action is supposed to stimulate the innovation from the demand side and improve the business environment for European companies. Public authorities (e.g. public purchasers such as national/regional/local governments and/or they agencies, public authorities responsible for R&I programmes such as research councils, R&I funding agencies) wishing to work together in developing innovative procurements (including pre-commercial) are encouraged to test innovative procurement polices.


6.1 Improvement of the business environment

  • COH-2012-PROCURERS Support to trans-national networks of procurers. Support to trans-national networks of procurers to promote and develop innovation-oriented public procurement

Activities will include networking and coordination activities for independent legal entities to cooperate in the innovation of public services through a strategy to be implemented with the following activities:

  • Establishing and implementing good practice procedures for transnational innovative public procurements at regional and local level, including awareness raising and exchange of experience on innovative public procurements and PCPs
  • Exchange and collection of best practice, including production of a guidance, on better using structural funds to support and develop innovative public procurement
  • Peer reviews of the procurement practices between participating entities
  • Development of personnel exchange and/or joint training activities on innovative public procurements and Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCPs) to build capacities and help to support a wider cooperation between public purchasers
  • Establishing specific cooperation agreements or legal arrangements between participants to prepare the ground for further trans-national programmes
  • Definition of a public sector innovation plans through the identification of elements - requiring R&I - that could be jointly procured
  • Definition of strategic action plans related to the introduction of the innovation in public services to prepare the implementation of innovative public procurement activities
  • Training to public bodies to develop innovative procurements and implement PCP strategies
  • Collection of data and development of methodologies for measurement of public procurement of innovative products and services
  • Building cooperation with other stakeholders (e.g. other public purchasers, bodies responsible for R&D and innovation programmes etc)
  • Dissemination of results and contribution to standardisation bodies
  • Other activities essential to the preparation, implementation and management of innovative public procurements

European community funding

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

  • 1,10 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 05 January 2012 - 9 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche FP7-COH-2012-Procurers (Guidelines for applicants)
  • Work Programme 2012 - Capacities - General Introduction (Work programme)
  • Work Programme 2012 - Support for the coherent development of research policies (COH) (Work programme)
  • Call for proposals - Support to trans-national networks of procurersprocurers (Legal base)

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)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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