Contracting authorities can act as a launch pad for innovative goods or services which are not yet available on large scale commercial basis and may include conformance testing.
A strong and stable demand through government procurement can create demand long before a commercial market is established. This has several advantages:
Under Horizon 2020, the Commission will co-fund groups of procurers to undertake joint PPI procurements in order to have a single joint PPI call for tender and a single joint evaluation of offers. This can speed up the development of innovative solutions by encouraging cooperation between procurers from across Europe, either by supporting networks of procurers (to prepare joint PPIs) or by co-funding the initial call for tender, the related coordination, and the networking activities.
The Procurement of Innovation Platform, supported by the European Commission, works as a hub for information regarding innovation procurement. It contains information on upcoming calls, events, and a forum where international stakeholders can share and discuss ideas.