Get ready for submitting your proposal to the Horizon 2020 calls in 2018-19 that offer EU funding to public procurers and other stakeholders from different countries to prepare and implement pre-commercial procurements (PCP) and public procurements of innovative solutions (PPI) together. Calls are available in health, security, energy, ICT etc. There is also an open call in 2018 for PCP proposals that address challenges in any domain of public interest that require an ICT based solution (deadline 17 April 2018).

Through innovation procurement the public sector can drive innovation from the demand side. This enables the public sector to modernize public services faster while creating opportunities for companies in Europe to bring research results to the market and gain leadership in new markets.

Horizon 2020 supports two complementary types of innovation procurement: Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) addresses the development and testing of innovative solutions, Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI) focuses on the deployment of innovative solutions. Examples of ongoing PCP and PPI projects.

Check out the calls with submission deadlines in 2018-19:

PCP actions (co-finance at 90% the actual purchase of R&D to get new innovative solutions developed and tested, plus at 90+25% related coordination and networking costs)

  • Open call: 6 M€ (ICT-34), call deadline 17 April 2018
  • Innovative solutions to enhance security: 8,2 M€ (SU-GM03), call deadline 23 August 2018
  • Digital Health and care: 22 M€ (DTH-10), call deadline 14 November 2018
  • Open call: 6 M€ (ICT-34), call deadline 28 March 2019
  • Next generation sequencing for routine diagnosis: 40 M€ (BCH-10), call deadline 16 April 2019
  • Wave energy: 20 M€ (LC-SC3-JA-3-2019), call deadline 27 August 2019

PPI actions (co-finance at 35% the actual purchase of innovative solutions, plus at 35+25% related coordination and networking costs)

  • Digital health and care solutions for an ageing society: 10 M€ (DTH-05), call deadline 24 March 2019

CSA actions (co-finance at 100+25% coordination and networking costs)

  • Integrated healthcare / diagnosis: 3 M€ (HCO-12), call deadline 18 April 2018
  • Digital health and care: 3 M€ (HCC-04), call deadline 24 April 2018

Note that in PCP actions, procurers implement one joint PCP procurement. For PPI actions proposers can choose between implementing one joint PPI procurement or several separate but coordinated PPI procurements.

More info on EU funding for innovation procurement: different types of funding available, how to prepare a proposal, possible synergies with ESIF funding, answers to FAQs etc. Check out also the page on innovation procurement in the H2020 online manual: is my organisation considered a public procurer, where can I find support to prepare a proposal etc

Looking for potential partners? Check out this list of key ICT procurers across all EU Member States in 10 different public sector domains.

To help procurers in H2020 funded PCPs and PPIs, the EC has published (last update October 2017) Guidance for PCP tender documents and Guidance for PPI tender documents: These guidance documents include templates for OJEU notices to announce the open market consultation, to launch the call for tender and to announce the winning bidders. There is also a template for the request for tenders (for PCPs this also includes a Framework Agreement covering the whole PCP and specific contracts for each PCP phase).