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Results of ongoing EU funded pre-commercial procurements (PCPs)

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Interesting data is available about the results of ongoing PCPs funded by FP7. Data shows first impacts on opening the market for new players, creating cross-border growth opportunities for companies, bringing research results to the market and contribution to growth and job creation in Europe.

Since a couple of years the EU's research and innovation program is supporting public procurers from different countries to undertake PCPs together. In PCPs, the public sector challenges industry from the demand side to develop new solutions for challenges of public interest. The aim is to improve the quality and efficiency of public services whilst creating also a route-to-the market for research results. Topics addressed by PCPs can range across a wide range of domains such as healthcare to transport, security, climate change, energy efficiency, environment, ICT systems, infrastructures, improving the efficiency of public adminitrations through e-government etc.

The Commission has collected data from ongoing PCP projects on:

  • Opening a route-to-the market for new market players: 71% of PCP contracts are won by SMEs, more than twice the average in public procurement across Europe.
  • Impact on stimulating cross-border company growth and opening up the internal market: 31% of PCP contracts are awarded cross-border, 25 times more than the average in public procurement across Europe.
  • Bringing research results to the market: 32% of contracts have universities or research centers as partners in the winning consortia (often together with university startups)
  • Contribution to growth and jobs in Europe: Nearly all bidders (97,5%) are doing 100% of the R&D for the contract in Europe

Want to know if there is a procurer in your country involved in the PCPs or where the winning bidders come from? This and more detailed info about the impacts of the ongoing PCPs here.

More info about the FP7 funded PCP projects themselves can be found on the PCP projects page. The winning bidders are announced on the website of each PCP project.

Horizon 2020 is providing funding for innovation procurement projects across several areas: overview of Horizon 2020 funding in support of innovation procurement in the current 2016-17 work program.

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