European Commission is calling for proposals for Co-Creation with Public and Private Buyers of Innovations.
- Government expenditure on works, goods and services represents around 14% of EU GDP, accounting for roughly annually EUR 1.9 trillion. This represents an untapped potential to stimulate the demand of innovative solutions, notably for innovative small businesses. The public but also private sector could grasp this opportunity to offer new opportunities making use of new technologies or solutions, notably for innovation suppliers such as EIC funded projects and companies. Moreover, innovation procurement allows providing better and more efficient public services to face societal challenges such as climate change, pandemic crisis or sustainable management of natural resources.
- Another objective of this topic call is to foster the aggregation of the demand at European level and pull the European market – not only to push the technology – in order to give the possibility for innovative technologies to find potential first and large buyers.
The overall objective of the EIC is to identify, develop and deploy high risk innovations of all kind with a particular focus on breakthrough, market-creating and deep-tech innovations. It aims to support the rapid scale up of innovative technologies and companies (mainly start-ups and SMEs) at EU and international level along the pathway from ideas to market. In this context the EIC is also an initiative contributing the EU technology sovereignty.
- The total indicative budget for this call is EUR 168 million.
- Projects funded through EIC Pathfinder (including grants resulting from certain EIC pilot Pathfinder, FET-Open and FET-Proactive calls) are eligible:
- to receive additional grants with fixed amounts of up to EUR 50 000 to undertake complementary activities to explore potential pathways to commercialisation or for portfolio activities;
- to submit an Accelerator proposal via the Fast Track scheme.
- Concrete successful examples of public procurement of innovative solutions, adapted to and based on needs of public and private buyers.
- Scaled up EIC SMEs through creation of business opportunities with public and private buyers of innovations.
- Attraction and inclusion of the best European public and private procurers into the EIC Forum and eco-system.
- Enhanced public and private partners’ collaboration in the co-design processes to match the needs and existing technologies that could result in public procurement of innovation.
- Stronger engagement of the buyer’s community with SMEs and start-ups in driving innovation demand and detecting the innovative solutions.
- Improved skills and capacity of SMEs to identify buyers’ needs, and to approach the public buyers.
- Improved skills and capacity of procurers to identify their needs and potential challenges to possible technological solutions at the market and design innovative procurements.
- Effective adoption of co-creation models to stimulate SMEs’ response to procurers needs and challenges.
- Publication of innovation challenges from public and private buyers on the EIC challenge platform.
- Linking EIC community to pan-European networks the public and private buyers.
In order to be eligible for funding, the applicants must be established in one of the eligible countries:
- Member States (including overseas countries and territories or OCTs)
- Eligible non-EU countries, including Associated Countries.
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