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TOPIC : Innovative procurement pilot action in the field of scientific instrumentation

Topic identifier: INFRASUPP-2-2015
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
10 December 2014
Deadline: 21 April 2015 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific challenge: Europe has not always exploited the strong innovation potential that research infrastructures have towards their supplier industry. Acting as early adopters of advanced technologies research infrastructures can trigger innovation in companies supplying high-tech components (e.g. new stronger magnets or lasers). The aim of this action is to foster the innovation capacity of research infrastructures by stimulating R&D partnership with industry so as to develop the EU capacities and industrial supply in high‑tech areas such as scientific instrumentation.

Scope: The activity will support pilot actions in the field of scientific instrumentation exploiting the innovation potential of research infrastructures using Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and/or Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) schemes. The following types of proposals can be submitted under this topic:

a.      Feasibility studies

Proposals will focus on analysing and exploring the use of PCP or PPI procurement for common purchasing operations of a set of research infrastructures. Activities can include analysis of the state of the art and of the market offer.

b.      Pre-commercial procurement in the field of scientific instrumentation (PCP)

Proposals will define requirements and terms of reference for common procurement of scientific instrumentation and organise joint PCP action encouraging research, development and validation of breakthrough solutions that can bring radical scientific and efficiency improvements in research infrastructures services.

c.       Public procurement of innovative scientific instrumentation (PPI)

Proposals will focus on organizing joint procurement of innovative instrumentation by research infrastructures to enhance their services, better serving their communities.

The Commission expects to fund at least two proposals under this topic.

Expected impact:  

This activity will stimulate research infrastructure projects (including ESFRI roadmap initiatives) to actively participate in the innovation process and to fully exploit their innovation potential. Support provided to industry (including SMEs) in the construction and upgrade of research infrastructures will lead to enhanced competitiveness of the involved actors. Thereby it will contribute to strengthening technological development and innovation capacity in Europe.

It will lead to economies of scale through common procurement by sets of research infrastructures.

The feasibility of Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) for the purchasing operations of research infrastructures will be explored and validated.

Type of action:

a.       Coordination and support actions

b.      Pre-commercial procurement cofund actions

c.       Public procurement for innovative solutions cofund actions

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

    3.2.a Guide to the submission and evaluation process 
    3.2.b Guidance on the evaluation of innovation, social sciences and humanities and other aspects of H2020 proposals

    3.3 Specific arrangements for the evaluation of Call H2020-INFRASUPP-2015-2: none
  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Information on the outcome of one-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Coordination and Support Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement

    Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) Cofund:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement
    Specific requirements for innovation procurement supported by Horizon 2020 grants (PCP, PPI)

    Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) Cofund:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement
    Specific requirements for innovation procurement supported by Horizon 2020 grants (PCP, PP)
  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.
  8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.


Additional documents

  • H2020-INFRASUPP-2015-2_flash_call_info_en.pdf en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 4. Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures) en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en

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