To encourage deployment of innovative solutions, the European Commission has started to support PPI (Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions) through the CIP program (Competitiveness and Innovation Program).
PPI refers to procurement where contracting authorities act as a launching customer (early adopter) to purchase/deploy innovative goods or services that are newly arriving on the market and which are not yet available on a large-scale commercial basis.
The aim of EU funding for PPIs is to speed up wide diffusion of innovative solutions by encouraging cooperation between procurers across Europe through cross-border coordinated (or joint) procurement to deploy the first batches of innovative solutions that are newly arriving on the European market. The current call invites proposals for 'PPI pilot' actions, that provides EC co-financing to consortia of procurers for deploying innovative ICT solutions in any of the priority action areas of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA) defined in the EIP AHA Strategic Operational Plan.
Pilots have two phases: a preparation phase and an implementation phase, as a joint procurement or as coordinated separate procurements on common specifications. The preparation/coordination/management can be funded at a maximum of 100%. The actual procurement will be co-funded at a maximum of 20% of the price.