Call for proposals 2021 - Co-Creation with Public and Private Buyers of Innovations HORIZON-EIC-2021-PUBLICBUY-01 Open!


Government expenditure on works, goods and services represents around 14% of EU GDP, accounting for roughly annually EUR 1.9 trillion. This represents an untapped potential to stimulate the demand of innovative solutions, notably for innovative small businesses. The public but also private sector could grasp this opportunity to offer new opportunities making use of new technologies or solutions, notably for innovation suppliers such as EIC funded projects and companies. Moreover, innovation procurement allows providing better and more efficient public services to face societal challenges such as climate change, pandemic crisis or sustainable management of natural resources.
Another objective of this call is to foster the aggregation of the demand at European level and pull the European market – not only to push the technology – in order to give the possibility for innovative technologies to find potential first and large buyers.
The general idea is to support public and private procurers of innovation to better define their innovation and procurement needs and to better engage with the suppliers of innovative solutions, notably with the EIC community of very innovative companies.


The support should take the form of the following 4 actions to be implemented within the specified timeframes.

  • Action 1: Improved definition of the challenges and the needs of procurers in relation to the solutions they have to buy for their users, citizens, customers, clients or employees.
  • Action 2: Improved sourcing and consulting of the market players and innovation developers before designing the tender.
  • Action 3: Stimulation of co-creation of pilots and test solutions.
  • Action 4: Support to the development of the terms of reference.

This call covers the following topics:

  • HORIZON-EIC-2021-PUBLICBUY-01-01: Co-Creation with Public and Private Buyers of Innovations (HORIZON-CSA - HORIZON Coordination and Support Actions)

European community funding

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

  • 2,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 28 October 2021 - 7 hours ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Program (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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