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18 March 2016

€130 million in funding available for innovation procurement

The European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme is making €130 million in funding available for pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI) projects. The funding will be available in the areas of research infrastructures, ICT, health, security, energy, transport, space, and climate change and environment. The deadline for submitting a proposal to the open call is 12 April 2016.

90 percent of the coordination and procurements costs for PCP activities in any domain of public interest that requires ICT based solutions will be financed. The call is targeted at procurers from different countries that are facing similar challenges and wish to undertake a PCP together. A list of potential partners in the form of key ICT procurers within EU Member States is available on the eafip website.

The funding rate for PPI activities is at 35 percent. PPI works to make public services more dynamic through employing innovative solutions, while PCP focuses on the development and testing of innovative solutions from the ground up. Further details of how to access EU funding for innovative procurement are available on the Europa website.

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