European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (EAFIP).

Workshop for innovation procurement in public construction Report. By: Rudolf Vohnout, Radek Velc When: 14th Nov 2017 Where: City Hall, Prague, Czech Republic The most active organization in public procurement procedures-related actions domain conducted a workshop in Prague on 14th of November. The presentations might be seen on: http://eafip.eu/events/workshops/construction-workshop/ The event itself could be (seen from the perspective of an attendee) divided into two parts: General information about public procurement. This covers presentations about PCP and PPI from general (and already well known) perspective. Personally, what I see as the most valuable was going through the funding opportunities of the upcoming period (2018-2020) of Horizon 2020 in PCP/PPI domain. It is also worth to mention that for several times have been emphasized (and asked by the audience) that PCP actions are excluded from the EC Public Procurement regulations. On the other hand PPI actions have to be conducted under the regulations. Also, Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) criteria should be applied to Public Procurement evaluation. Value engineering approach should be considered as well. Concrete Use Cases and Best Practices, mainly from PCP domain. Several use cases has been present. One of the most interesting and inspiring was the QUACO use case. This was a CERN PCP action to R&D new type of magnet to be used in the upgraded version of the accelerator. However interesting it was, CERN and the Large Hadron Collider with its upgrades is a very special use case. Individual regulations just for this case had to be approved to enable realization of such specific procurement procedures. The other use cases followed the general procurement pattern...

Internal PCP/PPI Awareness Event.

During CESNET internal seminar/workshop on 24th of October 2017, a presentation with information about PCP/PPI has been shared by our colleague Radek Velc. He went through the essential steps and benefits of the approach as well as preliminary results project has archived so far. PCP/PPI mechanisms were described as essential for fostering the innovative potential of R&D community. When targeting at the products and services not currently available at the telco market, such approach very increases efficiency of many various fields of a NREN performance including reducing costs.  At the end of the seminar there was an interesting discussion, mainly about financial scheme of the R&D...