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...

EU funding opportunities for PCP and PPI

Check out the topics, budgets and call deadlines for the upcoming 124 million EURO of EU funding for innovation procurements in the draft 2018-2019 Horizon 2020 programme. Funding opportunities are foreseen for pre-commercial procurements (PCPs) and public procurements of innovative solutions (PPIs) in different fields: ICT (call open to any area of public interest that needs innovative solutions), health, security and energy....

A new call for eafip Assistance is now open

A new call for eafip Assistance is now open! Send your application by 15th November!   The eafip initiative is offering you a final chance to apply for tailored assistance to support you in the preparation and implementation of your innovation procurement! Go directly to the application form or Find out more about the eafip Assistance A Europe-wide network of procurement lawyers is available to provide free Assistance, to support you in the preparation and implementation of a PCP or PPI procurement. The eafip network of lawyers brings together some of the most renowned innovation procurement professionals in Europe to fulfil the eafip objective of boosting the uptake of innovation procurement in the European Union. This hands-on eafip Assistance is the perfect way to kick-start your innovation procurement. The Assistance is financed by the European Commission and comes at no charge to you.In particular, the eafip Assistance can support you with:   Scoping identified procurement needs that can be tackled with innovative solutions; Preparing and conducting an EU wide published open market consultation; Drafting tendering documents; and Launching an EU wide published call for tender. The eafip initiative has so far provided Assistance to seven success stories across the EU: Het Waterschapshuis (the Netherlands) with inter alia a change in the procurement strategy and the set-up of a market consultation Eurail Group Europe (the Netherlands) with support in the selection of tenders and the implementation of a negotiated procedure Department of Mobility and Public Works, Maritime Access division (Belgium) with procurement strategy, stakeholder approach and other aspects Gijon Impulsa Empresas – Asturias (Spain) including improvements brought to their business...

eafip Workshop on innovation procurement in public construction

The eafip Workshop on innovation procurement in public construction is open to all public procurers (ministries, regional and local authorities, agencies, public utility entities, etc.) and will be held in the Old Town Hall in Prague, Czech Republic, on 14th November 2017. The aim of the workshop is to highlight the benefits of innovation procurement of ICT solutions through the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) approaches across Europe, with a particular focus on construction. The workshop will feature: Presentations / networking discussion on the EU funding opportunities for PCP and PPI (in the framework of the Horizon 2020 calls); Presentation of case examples and lessons learned; and Presentation / networking discussion on the eafip Toolkit (aimed to support you in preparing your innovation procurement). The workshop is open to public contracting authorities who have a unique chance to openly discuss unmet procurement needs, innovation concepts, project ideas, and much more. All procurers have an opportunity to briefly present their ideas / plan / projects in the parallel sessions. Please note that this event will be held in English. Provisional...

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. Conference Agenda Please note that two other eafip workshops will be held in parallel to the Conference on Innovation Procurement.  The eafip Workshop for Environment sector procurers, and the eafip Workshop for Energy sector procurers will be held on the same dates in the same...