European Commission and Member States: how they are supporting Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions?

On 21-22 March 2013 a high level event on Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) is taking place in Berlin, Germany. The program of the event as well as the instructions for registration can be found on the Berlin event website. Participation to the event is open and free of charge.
This high-level event will offer an opportunity to hear first-hand from the European Commission and Member States how they are supporting the implementation of PCP and PPI. In other words, how public purchasers (and private procurers) are enabled to buy better and/or cheaper products and services while at the same time boosting innovation.
From a European perspective, European Commission services will present 2013 CIP and FP7 calls for proposals as well as future financial instruments (Horizon 2020, CEF, Structural funds 2014-2020) to support the demand for innovation and innovative procurement. Public procurers and other stakeholders interested to network or share/present experiences in preparation of future EU calls for PCP and PPI projects can contact the EU officials on the event program to actively participate in the breakout session 7 on public buyers networks for future applications to EU calls on PCP and PPI. Contact in particular lieve.bos@ec.europa.eu for the CIP-ICT-PSP-2013 calls supporting PPI pilots (in ICT fo! r health and ageing well) and the FP7-ICT-2013-11 call supporting PCP projects (in e-learning and digital preservation). 
Background info about submission deadlines, scope for currently open FP7 and CIP calls on PCP and PPI can be found on the calls page of the PCP-PPI website.

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn: « Knowledge is the currency of the global economy. »

The European Commission has announced the final and biggest ever set of calls for proposals for research under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). In total, €8.1 billion will support projects and ideas that will boost Europe’s competitiveness and tackle issues such as human health, protecting the environment and finding new solutions to growing challenges linked to urbanization and managing waste. The funding – which is open to organizations and businesses in all EU Member States and partner countries – makes up the lion’s share of the EU’s proposed €10.8 billion research budget for 2013. This announcement comes just days after EU leaders emphasized the importance of research and innovation in the Compact for Growth and Jobs.
European Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: « Knowledge is the currency of the global economy. If Europe wants to continue to compete in the 21st century, we must support the research and innovation that will generate growth and jobs, now and in the future. The high level of competition for EU funding makes sure that taxpayers’ money goes to the best projects that tackle issues that concern all of us. »