Increasing complexity of public procurement procedures enforces the need for creating a EU-wide entity to support public institutions with know-how and clear guidelines how to efficiently collect all required market information and conduct tenders.

Public sector, in order to efficiently implement beyond state-of-the-art optical equipment in today’s networks needs to synchronize efforts by building a common procurement roadmap specifying common requirements in the short term and mid-to-long term areas of common European interests.


The ultimate goal of the project is to optimize the usage of public funds for building beyond state-of-the-art public networks. The key approach towards this goal is a creation of a common information platform for public procurers and support them in the whole procurement process chain by providing the organizational and technical expertise.

Introduction to PCP

Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) is an approach within the public procurement of innovation, developed specifically for the procurement of R&D services rather than actual goods and services; if the goods or services developed during the R&D phase are to be procured, this would need to be based on a separate procurement process. READ MORE


Introduction to PPI

Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) occurs when public authorities act as a launch customer for innovative goods or services. These are typically not yet available on a large-scale commercial basis and may include conformance testing. READ MORE

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... read more

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.... read more