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TOPIC : Public Procurement of Innovation

Topic identifier: COS-PPI-2018-2-01
Publication date: 18 June 2018

Types of action: COSME-GA Grant agreement
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
11 July 2018
Deadline: 11 December 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises COSME website
Pillar: Improving access to markets
Work Programme Year: COSME-2018
Work Programme Part: COSME-2018
Topic Description
Scope:

The specific objective of this call in relation to SMEs is to improve their access to markets inside the Union. Access to public procurement remains difficult for SMEs, who are only awarded 45% of the value of public contracts above EU public procurement threshold. This share is clearly below their weight in the economy.

The public sector can play a large role in helping companies, and in particular SMEs, overcome a classic market failure: finding a first group of customers for their innovative products and services. Innovation is constrained by a 'chicken or egg problem,' whereby suppliers will often wait until there is a demonstrated demand before they develop new solutions, while at the same time the potential buyers are waiting to see a new product or service enjoying some success in the market before they will risk buying it themselves (Cate et al, 1998)

This call for proposals is expected to contribute to a significant increase in the proportion of SMEs that have access to the public procurement market. It will also increase the visibility and awareness of the advantages of procuring innovation for a constantly increasing greater number of public buyers.

This call for proposals has three main objectives.

  1. The first objective is to encourage cooperation between public buyers to promote the use of public procurement to contribute to the development of innovation.
  2. The second objective is to use public procurement as a mechanism to pilot innovation in areas of strong public interest such as, for instance, clean energy (contributing to Paris targets for fighting climate change) or healthcare. This will in turn encouraging innovative EU companies, in particular SMEs, to develop new solutions to address societal challenges.
  3. The third objective is to link and establish synergies with research and innovation projects funded by the EU (via Horizon 2020, COSME or EU funding programmes) whenever possible.
Expected Impact:

This call for proposals has three main objectives.

  1. The first objective is to encourage cooperation between public buyers to promote the use of public procurement to contribute to the development of innovation.
  2. The second objective is to use public procurement as a mechanism to pilot innovation in areas of strong public interest such as, for instance, clean energy (contributing to Paris targets for fighting climate change) or healthcare. This will in turn encouraging innovative EU companies, in particular SMEs, to develop new solutions to address societal challenges.
  3. The third objective is to link and establish synergies with research and innovation projects funded by the EU (via Horizon 2020, COSME or EU funding programmes) whenever possible.
Topic conditions and documents

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1.   Eligible countries: described in section 6 of the Call document and in the eligible third countries list.

 

2.   Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in sections 5 and 6 of the Call document.
     

 

The consortium has to be composed of a minimum of two public buyers from two different eligible countries (as defined in section 6.1.).

Consortia are encouraged to include a limited number of public buyers (i.e. no more than six or seven), since more extensive and complex partnerships have in the past tended to produce lower levels of engagement of individual partners and narrower areas of mutual interest.

Other organisations who are not public buyers and meet the eligibility criteria may join a consortium as the partners see fit.

     Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

3.   Evaluation

      3.1
 Evaluation criteria, scoring and threshold: described in sections 8 and 9 of the Call document.
   


      3.2
 For submission and evaluation process, see Guide for applicants.
     

 

In order to be considered for funding, proposals will need to have passed an overall threshold of 70% in terms of total score. In addition, thresholds of 50% will be applied to each individual award criterion described above in order to ensure a consistent minimum quality for all award criteria. Proposals will be ranked according to their total score.

4.   Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement: described in section 3 of the Call document.

 

5.   Proposal templates and model grant agreements (MGA):

      COSME Grants (COS-GA):

      Proposal templates are available in the submission system below.
      Multi-beneficiary Model Grant Agreement

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

6.   Additional documents:

     
COSME Work Programme

      COSME establishment act

      Erasmus for Young Enterpreneurs Implementation Manual for Intermediary Organisations
 


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Type of Action Grant agreement [COSME-GA]
Topic Public Procurement of Innovation - COS-PPI-2018-2-01
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