Horizon Europe 2021- Horizon Prize - The European Innovation Procurement Awards Prize HORIZON-EIC-2021-InnovationProcurementAwardsPrize Closed!


The European Innovation Procurement Awards aim to recognise public and private buyers across Europe and Associated countries in their efforts to promote innovation procurement and the innovative ways the solutions are procured. It also aims to emphasise the importance of close buyer–supplier cooperation in bringing the innovative solutions to market.
The awards will feature the following three categories:

  • Innovation procurement strategy award: to reward long-term strategy and/or action plan that triggers different innovation procurements and sustainable solutions and practices.
  • Facing societal challenges award: to reward innovative procurement practices to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Procurement leadership award: to reward one or more outstanding individuals who empower their team to succeed and trigger innovation procurement practices


The applications will be evaluated and ranked against the following award criteria:

  • Transformation: adapting procurement practices towards innovation procurement, by introducing new processes and tools, by promoting the establishment of an innovation- friendly legal framework towards sustainable growth and development.
  • Uptake: the innovative way of procuring the solution is replicable and scalable, and, at the same time, contributes to achieving more efficient and effective services. Special attention should be paid to the promotion of best practices and to the efforts to share knowledge across stakeholders within the different territories, and to support capacity building.
  • Collaboration: the proven track of collaboration that led to the procured solution. Promotion of synergies and cooperation between actors from different countries and at different degrees of maturity in procurement practices.
  • Societal impact: practices with a positive quantitative and qualitative impact on society and people, with special emphasis on the support to the digital transformation and green deal priorities.

 This call covers the following topics:

  • HORIZON-EIC-2021-InnovationProcurementAwardPrize-1: Innovation Procurement Strategy Award
  • HORIZON-EIC-2021-InnovationProcurementAwardPrize-2: Facing Societal Challenges Award
  • HORIZON-EIC-2021-InnovationProcurementAwardPrize-3: Procurement Leadership Award

European community funding

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

  • 0,30 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 29 July 2021 - almost two months ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Rules of contest (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)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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