The EU's research and innovation programs FP7, CIP and Horizon 2020 fund projects in which groups of procurers from different countries around Europe are jointly implementing Pre-Commercial Procurements(PCP)s or Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPIs), as well as coordination and networking projects that prepare the ground for future PCP or PPIs.

More information on the ongoing projects in the ICT domain listed below is collected in this brochure. The following presentation provides an overview of PCP and PPI projects in other non-ICT domains funded by other Commission Directorates General.

EU co-financed projects in the ICT domain that are implementing jointly transnational PCPs

Background information on the implementation format followed by these projects.

Find more on the first mid term results from the on-going PCP projects
  • CHARM - Consortium of road management authorities that conducts a PCP to improve traffic throughput, road safety, CO2 footprint and reduce the costs of traffic management by moving to an open modular architecture for Traffic Management Centres equipped with advanced traffic management, traffic prediction and cooperative systems.
  • PRACE 3IP – Consortium of research infrastructure centers that conducts a PCP that focuses on increasing the energy efficiency of high performance computing.
  • DECIPHER – Consortium of public health providers that conducts a PCP focused on innovating cross-border mobile healthcare that benefits patients and healthcare organisations through the use of electronic patient records as key enabling technology.
  • V-CON – Consortium of national road authorities that conducts a PCP to improve their efficiency and effectiveness by improving data exchange in the sector through virtual modelling of road infrastructure.
  • C4E – Cloud for Europe consortium of public authorities aims to clarify public sector requirements and usage scenarios for Cloud Computing in Europe. The PCP focuses on services that are identified as missing or need to be adopted for Governments use.
  • IMAILE – Consortium of universities and cities that conducts a PCP focused on e-learning solutions, meaning new technologies and services which address the challenge of providing the next generation of Personal Learning Environments (PLE) for primary and secondary schools.
  • PREFORMA – Consortium of memory institutions that conducts a PCP to address the challenge of increasing transfers of electronic documents and other media content for long term digital preservation. The focus is to establish a long-term sustainable ecosystem, a reference implementation of the most common file format standards for the assessment and correction of the collections to be archived.
  • NYMPHA-MD – Consortium of mental care hospitals that conducts a PCP focused on next generation services for mental health treatment with a special focus on bipolar disorder.
  • HNSciCloud - Consortium of research labs and institutes that procures together R&D via PCP to develop a common science cloud platform for the European research community with improved data analysis capability and capacity. The project follows from the PICSE coordination and networking project below.
  • SELECTforcities - Consortium of cities that aims to conduct a PCP focusing on a standardized, open, data-driven, service-oriented & user-centric platform enabling large scale co-creation, testing & validation of IoE services for Cities.
  • MAGIC - Consortium of health care providers that aims to conduct a PCP to improve care delivery systems that empower patients in optimising their recovery from a stroke together with healthcare professionals.
  • EMPATTICS - Consortium of health care providers that aims to conduct a PCP focusing on new ICT solutions that can empower chronic patients as decision makers in the treatment of their disease.
  • RELIEF - Consortium of healthcare procurers that aims to get new innovative solutions developed through a PCP for recovering life wellbeing through ICT based pain self-management techniques.
  • anti-SUPERbugs - Consortium of healthcare procurers that aims to start a PCP to get smart ICT solutions to detect the presence of resistant microorganisms. They would give real-time feedback to the user and share the information with the healthcare provider's electronic record systems linking the infection with the place of detection.
  • NIGHTINGALE - Consortium of healthcare procurers that aims to get robust monitoring and communication systems developed that connect patients and carers. They should provide early warning of acute deterioration of patients' health condition in and out of hospital, and learn and adapt to different individuals in different situations. An approach based on wearable sensors, self-learning adaptive algorithms and big data analysis will be used.
  • PROEMPOWER -Consortium of healthcare procurers that aims to get a disease self-management solution developed to help meet the imminent threat of a type 2 diabetes epidemic. Proempower will make person-centered care a reality – giving the patient the steering wheel – for optimal health outcomes.
  • STARS  - Consortium of healthcare procurers that aims to challenge industry to develop smart solutions that provide patients with individualized avoidance and reduction of unnecessary healthcare related stress factors, across the preclinical, hospitalisation and aftercare periods. Technical challenges to overcome for suppliers relate to vital signs measuring, wireless real-time transfer of large data amounts and big data analysis and decision making.
  • LIVE INCITE - Consortium of healthcare procurers that will challenge industry to develop smart ICT solutions that enable lifestyle interventions in the perioperative process through digital care. The aim is to influence patients in a personalised way to take the necessary actions both prior and after surgery in their life style to optimise the health care outcome.
  • SMART.MET (contact via e-mail) - Consortium of water sector procurers that aim for a standardised solution for smart metering in the water sector across Europe
  • THALEA (completed) – Consortium of hospitals that conducted a PCP to develop a highly interoperable telemedicine-platform that detects increased risk ICU-patients.
  • SMART@FIRE (completed) – Consortium of fire brigades and interior ministries that completed a PCP focused on ICT solutions for smart personal protective equipment for fire fighters and first responders.
  • SILVER (completed)  - Consortium of local and regional authorities that conducted a PCP to identify robotics solutions which enable care-givers to reach 10% more of elderly persons who can live independently by 2020.

EU co-financed projects in the ICT domain that are implementing jointly transnational PPIs

  • PPI4HPC (contact via e-mail) - Consortium of supercomputing centers that will launch a joint Public Procurement of Innovative solutions for High Performance Computing of about 73 EUR million. The involved supercomputing centres are JUELICH (DE), CEA/GENCI (FR), CINECA (IT) and BSC (ES).
  • THALEA II - Consortium of hospitals that is preparing to start a PPI after the THALEA PCP to deploy highly interoperable telemedicine-platforms that detect increased risk ICU-patients.
  • RITMOCORE - Consortium of hospitals that is preparing a PPI to procure innovative solutions for the treatment of elderly patients with arrhythmias. This includes a support center for remote monitoring of pacemakers, delivering pre-defined information sets to all stakeholders in the care path, integration and quality labelling of vital signs home monitoring devices and wearables and support for patient activation.
  • STOP AND GO - Consortium of local and regional procurers that is undertaking together public procurement of innovative solutions to deploy ICT based telecare services that enable care for the elderly that suffer from multiple conditions at the same time such as heart failure, diabetes, etc.

EU co-financed coordination and networking projects related to PCP or PPI

  • PICSE – Network of contracting authorities that builds on the Helix Nebula collaboration. PICSE aims to identify opportunities and develop a roadmap for shared cross-border procurement in direct response to the European Cloud Partnership's Trusted Cloud Europe science use case.
  • COMPLETE – Network of contracting authorities that is creating a common information platform and support National Research and Education Networks and public entities in coordinating procurement procedures of novel optical network solutions, while synchronising Horizon 2020, national and Structural Funds financing sources.
  • PRO4VIP (completed) - Network of healthcare procurers that addressed the challenge of the increasing visually impaired population and developed an innovation procurement roadmap for early detection and screening of functional low vision conditions and/or support the provision for low vision services.
  • EPP-eHEALTH (completed) - Group of healthcare providers created an EU wide network or e-health procurers to identify common needs, engage in open dialogue with industry and developed joint procurement roadmaps for more sustainable e-health solutions.
  • SAEPP (completed) - Network of ambulance procurers and users that prepared the ground for the procurement of an ICT-equipped ambulance of the future that enables a shift to more on-the-spot treatment. The objective is to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and the associated patient distress and hospital costs.
  • INSPIRE (completed) - Network of contracting authorities in eHealth, active aging and independent living that focused on sharing and disseminating evidence on innovation procurement practices and aimed achieve practical impact on the use of PCP through the INSPIRE academy and by linking PCP with venture capital activities.
  • P4ITS (completed) – Network of contracting authorities that explored common issues and themes with counterparts from in other countries to develop a more concerted approach for cooperative ITS and innovative transport systems deployment in Europe.

Find more general information on Innovation Procurement or specific information on Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI).


12 February 2015
Last update: 
20 November 2017
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