European network of competence centres for innovation procurement

2018 - 2022

The Procure2Innovate project will establish or expand competence centres for innovation procurement in ten EU Member States. The project aims to improve institutional support and quality of advice for public procurers of information and communication technologies (ICT), and other product groups implementing innovation procurement.

Procure2Innovate foresees the expansion of, and improvement of services at, five existing competence centres - in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. During the course of the project, new competence centres will also be created in five other countries: Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Portugal.

In detail, the project seeks to:

  • build a permanent network of competence centres to facilitate networking, knowledge sharing, collaboration and best practice exchange on innovation procurement;
  • support the five existing innovation procurement competence centres to enlarge their scope, further increase their impact and enhance their services offered to public procurers;
  • establish five new innovation procurement competence centres and guide them in effectively addressing public procurers and increasing the efficient use of procurement of innovation;
  • support the competence centres in developing expertise to facilitate cross-border cooperation and joint procurement;
  • communicate and disseminate the tools, approaches and results developed by the competence centres at European level giving public procurers and other stakeholders in all EU Member States access to expertise and knowledge on innovation procurement.

The Procure2Innovate project consortium comprises of 17 partners organisations. It is coordinated by the Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME) in Germany. ICLEI manages the communication and dissemination activities.

Amalia Ochoa Vidal

Procure2Innovate is supported by the European Union's Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020.