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...

New EU funding opportunities for PCP and PPI in the 2016-2017 Work Programme

According to the EC website a total budget of circa €130 million is planned for EU funding for PCP (pre-commercial procurement) and PPI (public procurement of innovative solutions) projects across the different 2016-17 Horizon 2020 work programmes. The following ppts guide you through the core info about the calls for proposals: – Overview of the 2016-17 calls for proposals in support of PCP and PPI across the different Horizon 2020 work programmes. – Modalities of the Horizon 2020 funding instruments in support of PCP and PPI. More detailed info in the general annexes of the Work Program here. – How prepare a proposal? How will the evaluation take place? – Possible ESIF funding synergies for Horizon 2020 funded PCP/PPI projects. In addition to the wide range of domain specific calls, there are also two “open calls’ in the ICT Work Progmamme: ICT-34: €4M call for PCP actions for preparing and carrying out a joint PCP, open to proposals from procurers that require new ICT based solutions to address a challenge in any area of public interest (call deadline: 12 April 2016). ICT-33: (a) European wide networks of public procurers preparing future PCPs or PPIs in any area of public interest that requires ICT based solutions and (b): European wide networks of competence centers on innovation procurement (€ 4M for ICT-33 (a) and (b) together; call deadline: 25 Apr 2017...

1st Major eafip Event – Paris

The first major eafip event will take place in the City Hall of Paris on 27th and 28th October 2015. The two-day event targets procurers, policy makers, procurement law firms and businesses, to raise awareness about major PCP/PPI initiatives across Europe and organise networking between stakeholders to discuss new ideas, initiatives and funding opportunities for on PCP/PPI. The agenda includes: presentations on the strategic use of innovation procurement by key cities, regions and countries across Europe; presentations by successful PCP and PPI projects; discussion groups on future funding opportunities; as well as the launch of the eafip Toolkit. On Day 2, EC representatives will present the calls in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 covering EU funding opportunities for PCP and PPI.  There will be various discussion sessions (see agenda below) providing the latest information about how to gain access to the ca. € 130 million budget for innovation procurement projects. In addition, public procurers will have the opportunity to present proposal ideas, discuss with relevant EC officials and network in view of the preparation of these calls. You can already start preparing proposal ideas for discussion! More information available at the event website:...