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The EU's research and innovation programs FP7, CIP and Horizon 2020 have been funding projects in which groups of procurers from different countries around Europe are jointly implementing Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) or Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPIs), as well as coordination and networking projects that prepare the ground for future PCP or PPIs.
The deployment of ICTs induces pervasive and radical changes in our lives. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) both inform and equip the approach to ICT in H2020.
The Open and Disruptive Innovation (ODI) scheme aims to foster the development of fast-growing, innovative SMEs with promising, close-to market ideas bearing high disruptive potential in terms of products, services, models, and markets.
Horizon 2020 aims to bridge the gap between research and the market. Access to funding is part of this, helping to ensure that entrepreneurs and businesses have the capital they need to turn their ideas and products into commercial successes.
Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) challenges industry from the demand side to develop innovative solutions for public sector needs and it provides a first customer reference that enables companies to create competitive advantage on the market. PCP enables public procurers to compare alternative potential solution approaches and filter out the best possible solutions that the market can deliver to address the public need.