EU Horizon R&I Programme - Pre-Commercial Procurement as a mechanism to facilitate innovation and implementation of R&D services into public sector. The INCAREHEART ongoing project as an example. One hour seminar/lecture (in English) to share brief in form but comprehensive in scope information and to address questions at the end, if any.
What is Horizon Europe?
Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion.
It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth.
The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.
It creates jobs, fully engages the EU’s talent pool, boosts economic growth, promotes industrial competitiveness and optimises investment impact within a strengthened European Research Area.
Legal entities from the EU and associated countries can participate.
Innovation procurement can drive innovation from the demand side. This enables faster modernization of public services while opening market opportunities for companies in Europe. Horizon 2020/Europe provides EU funding to start innovation procurements. This funding is targeted at potential buyers of innovative solutions: groups of public procurers, possibly together with other types of procurers that are providing services of public interest and have similar procurement needs (e.g. private, NGO procurers).
Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) can be used by procurers when there are no near-to-the-market solutions yet that meet all the procurers’ requirements and new R&D is needed to get new solutions developed and tested to address the procurement need. PCP can then compare the pros and cons of alternative solutions approaches and de-risk the promising innovations step-by-step via solution design, prototyping, development and first product testing. PCP is a public procurement of R&D services that does not include the deployment of commercial volumes of end-products.
INCAREHEART Horizon 2020 PCP project:
Pre-commercial Procurement of innovative ICT-enabled integrated care solutions to advance multidisciplinary health and care for patients with chronic heart failure.
The five INCAREHEART procurers will jointly procure R&D services to shape an ICT-enabled integrated care solution supporting the implementation of a comprehensive multidisciplinary and cross-organisational care and support model for people living with CHF across a fully integrated patient pathway.