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European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

EC Webinar 'How to successfully prepare an innovation procurement proposal for Horizon Europe'

On 22 June 2021 (14h00-16h00) the European Commission will organise an info session about how to successfully prepare a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) or Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI) type proposal for the Horizon Europe programme. This online webinar session will explain what are the funding conditions for these funding instruments, how the evaluation and submission process works, and what are the novelties that were introduced compared to the previous Horizon 2020 programme based on lessons learnt of past projects. You can also ask questions before and during the webinar. There is no need to register for the webinar.

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF2) Digital: 5G Communities

As the CEF2 Digital Work Programme is currently being finalised, the European Commission invites members of the European Broadband Competence Offices Network to attend a special workshop on CEF2 Digital and 5G Communities and share their perspectives on the topic.

Call for tenders open: pre-commercial procurement for Spanish railways

The Spanish national railway infrastructure operator ADIF invites interested bidders to submit offers to develop and test innovative technological solutions that are capable of detecting structural damage to bridges, viaducts and railways turnout/switching devices at an early stage, and tools to enable predictive maintenance. The contracting is carried out by the CDTI in collaboration with ADIF who will test the developed solutions in its pre-operational environment.

Apply for the 2021 Procura+ Innovation procurement of the year award

Are you a public procurer in Europe who completed an innovation procurement that led to significant improvements of public goods, services, processes or infrastructure? Apply for the award by 30 April 2021. There is also a specific award category for outstanding innovation procurement in ICT. The award is part of the activities of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project Procure2Innovate that is setting up a European network of national competence centres around Europe.

Open market consultation: detection of unauthorized mobile devices in correctional facilities

The Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security invites potentially interested bidders to participate in the open market consultation for its procurement to buy innovative solutions for the detection of unauthorized mobile devices. Aim is to immediately detect any form of mobile calling (3G, 4G and 5G) in custodial facilities such as cells or recreation areas, in idle mode or when it is turned on or called with it. Deadline to reply to questionnaire: 12 May 2021. Dialogue meetings: 20-28 May 2021.

Open market consultation: integrated care solutions for chronic heart failure

The INCAREHEART buyers group from 5 different countries around Europe (SE, IT, EL, PT, TK) invites potentially interested bidders to participate in the questionnaire (until end of August) and the online open market consultation meetings in preparation of their upcoming pre-commercial procurement: 17 June (in Greek), 18 June (in Portuguese), 29 June (in English). The aim is to develop innovative ICT-enabled integrated care solutions to advance multidisciplinary health and care for patients with chronic heart failure, in particular regarding early diagnosis and anticipatory care, care and follow-up, living with heart failure.

Summary of Webinar on Collaboration between EDIHs

Active and fruitful collaboration between European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH) will be a key element in the network of EDIHs. On 13 April 2021, an on-line webinar discussed the various options for collaboration between EDIHs in the different contexts, and how the collaboration activities should be mentioned in the text of the proposals. Examples of different forms of collaborations were presented. 600+ participants attended the on-line event.

Hospital buyers invite peers across Europe to collaborate on finetuning innovative procurement needs

Six hospitals from Spain, Italy, Poland, Lithuania and the UK invite other clinics, healthcare organizations and practitioners for feedback on six unmet needs that require innovative solutions: zero waste operating theaters, personalised surgical process for joint replacements, waste reduction services, smart emergency call and response solutions, innovative renovation of hospital wards and transformation of the outpatient journey. Are you facing similar challenges? Submit your comments. By working together, we can encourage and enable innovation in the supply-chain that meets also your needs.

Apply for free of charge assistance for your next Innovation Procurement

Are you a public buyer that could use some help in preparing and implementing your next innovation procurement? Get in touch with the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (EAFIP) to submit your application for assistance now. EAFIP helps public buyers use their purchasing power to find innovative solutions that can speed up digital, green transformation of public services and boost economic recovery. 3 monthly calls are launched now. Next deadline for submission of applications: 25 June 2021

Call for tenders open: Spanish national cybersecurity institute launches pre-commercial procurement

The Institute for Business Competitiveness and the Spanish national cybersecurity competence center (INCIBE) invite interested bidders to submit offers for their first pre-commercial procurement in the cybersecurity field. The aim is to develop tools that can discover and eliminate websites or domains where hidden illegal activities happen, not only on the regular Internet but also on the Deep Web. The procurement receives funding from the European Union's European Regional Development Fund. Check out the video presentation of the tender scope. Deadline for submission of offers: 14 May 2021

Greek National Training School of Public Administration launches trainings on innovation procurement

The Greek National Training School for Public Administration (EKDDA) started regular 3-day training courses on innovation procurement for civil servants in Greece. The certified training program is organized in cooperation with the Greek national competence center on innovation procurement. This certification can trigger more innovation procurement by linking the training to promotion opportunities. Topics covered range from preparation to implementation and monitoring of innovation procurement, joint procurement, case examples, European funding. Next training is planned for 11-13/5/2021.

Digital Day 2021: EU countries commit to key digital initiatives for Europe's Digital Decade

Today, at the online Digital Day 2021, Ministers representing EU Member States signed three Declarations to pool efforts and resources to promote international connectivity, incentivise the rollout of clean digital technologies and improve the regulatory environment for start-ups and scale-ups. These tangible commitments will help accelerate Europe’s green and digital transformation and will contribute to the vision and goals of Europe's Digital Decade.

Digital Day 2021

Digital Day 2021 will take place on 19 March as a virtual event, organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Portuguese Presidency.

Norwegian Research Council launches 2021 call to support public buyers with pre-commercial procurements

Norway's support to pre-commercial procurements (PCP) has been a huge success, leading to the commercialization of the world's first self-driving snow clearing vehicles, emission free public ferry boats and the world's largest full-scale carbon capture, transport and storage system to combat climate change. Since over a decade, the Norwegian Research Council launches a yearly call to financially support Norwegian public buyers in preparing and/or implementing PCPs. This year Norwegian procurers are invited to submit applications for the new 200 million Kroner call until 15 September 2021.