What is innovation ?

“The implementation of a new or significantly improved product (good or service), or process, a new marketing method, or a new organisational method in business practices, workplace organisation or external relations with the purpose of helping to solve societal challenges or to support the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” *

OECD, 2005, “The Measurement of Scientific and Technological Activities: Guidelines for Collecting and Interpreting Innovation Data: Oslo Manual, Third Edition” prepared by the Working Party of National Experts on Scientific and Technology Indicators, OECD, Paris, para. 146.


What is Innovative Procurement ?

“Innovative procurement” refers to any procurement that covers one or both of the following aspects:

A. Buying the process of innovation – research and development services – with (partial) outcomes.

B. Buying the outcomes of innovation created by others.


In the first instance, the public buyer buys the research and development services of products, services or processes, which do not yet exist. The public procurer describes its identified need, prompting businesses and researchers to develop innovative products, services or processes to meet the need. This type of procurement is known as Pre-Commercial Procurement of Innovation (PCP).


In the second instance, the public procurer, instead of buying off-the-shelf, acts as an early adopter and buys a product, service or process that is new to the market and contains substantially novel characteristics. This second variety of procurement is considered Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI).

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How PROCURA is promoting Innovation Procurement?

 PROCURA project, through the creation of an open and sustainable community called ShareProCare, is offering and promoting training actions and the implementation of a Public Purchasing of Innovation procedure with the best practices in the specific scope of Active Ageing and the prolongation of an independent life. The parteners intend to promote among the main stakeholders (buyers, suppliers, end users) the continuous use of the Purchasing of Innovation instrument in SUDOE regions.