Conference on Innovation Procurement

The Conference on Innovation Procurement will be held under the Estonian EU presidency on 17th and 18th of October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.  The Conference also serves as the 3rd annual Major eafip Event. The conference programme includes: Innovation procurement experiences in Europe EU Member States’ policy and support framework for innovation procurement Economic impact of innovation procurement HORIZON 2020 calls supporting innovation procurements 2017 Procura+ Awards Ceremony on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement The target audience for the two-day conference is policy makers, public procurers and innovators. Its aims are capacity building, experience sharing and networking about major ICT-related innovation procurement initiatives across Europe and to facilitate networking between stakeholders to discuss new ideas, initiatives and funding opportunities. The event is co-organised by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (MEAC) and the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) of the European Commission (EC). The conference is supported by the European Union Regional Development Fund. The 2017 Procura+ Awards are supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme, and co-ordinated by ICLEI. More information can be found on the conference web...

COMPLETE at TNC17!

COMPLETE organizes the workshop for the NRENs and their users on opportunities in the PCP domain and chances for the NRENs to push for new R&D in networking. The session will consist of the following presentations: Introduction to the workshop, scope and expected results (Bartosz Belter, PSNC) The EC position on Innovation Procurement (Lieve Bos, DG CNECT, EC) The PCP/PPI tutorial (Sara Bedin, independent expert) Success stories: PRACE 3IP (Philippe Segers, GENCI) The demand side: the ROWANet case (Petr Pavlinec, ROWANet) Discussion and brainstorming (Chrysostomos Tziouvaras, GRNET ) Closing remarks More information can be found at the conference web...

The PCP Framework for public network operators

The new approach to public procurement means the introduction of a modern system, in which the essential elements are: innovation and sustainable society and environmental- friendly technology. The document is dedicated to the first of these issues, namely the innovation driven procurement and, in particular, pre-commercial public procurement. The latest issue of newsletter describes the procedures which have been developed by the COMPLETE project and targets in the first instance procurement of innovation and R&D services in the public network operators’...

Lessons learned from past and on-going PCP-related activities in the NREN community

The  new article published in the latest newsletter issue provides answers to important questions raised by many communities new to pre-commercial procurement: Why is cooperation in PCP important? Why is competition in PCP important? It also provides experiences and lessons learned so far by COMPLETE Partners with some recommendations concerning future work. Enjoy...

Innovation Procurement – the EC web site

Innovation procurement can deliver solutions to challenges of public interest and ICTs can play a major role in this. Interested in details? Visit the official EC web site on Innovation Procurement in Europe!  ...

Second Major eafip Event on Innovation Procurement

The second major eafip event will take place in the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA) in Athens, Greece on 18th and 19th October 2016. This two-day event targets procurers, policy makers, procurement law firms and businesses, to raise awareness about the most recent outcomes from major PCP/PPI initiatives across Europe, and organise networking between stakeholders to discuss best practice, new ideas, initiatives and current funding opportunities for PCP/PPI. Registration via this website is compulsory and places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Click here to see the event web site...

PICS4All lauched a new project website!

New project website of the PICS4All project! PICs4All (Photonic Integrated Circuits Accessible to Everyone) is a Coordination and Support Action from the EU H2020 ICT programme whose purpose is to bring closer to you the Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) technology assisting you to get access to advanced fabrication facilities for PICs. PICs4All aims at low-cost development of ASPICs (Application Specific PIC) using the generic foundry model, and rapid prototyping via industrial Multi-Project Wafer runs. To this end, PICs4All brings together the PIC-value chain of Europe’s key players in the field of photonic integration, including manufacturing and packaging partners, photonic CAD software partners, R&D labs and Photonic IC design houses. More information on the project website http://www.pics4all.jeppix.eu/ and the project flyer: Flyer Pics4all...