Innovative Public Procurement (CPI)

The Public Procurement of Innovation (CPI) is the key tool to promote innovation from the public sector, specifically through the acquisition of innovative solutions or solutions in the development phase.

The financing of this process is done mainly through European structural funds (FEDER Funds 2014-2020 and H2020), to which are added those of the Local / Regional Administrations and those of the General State Administration.

Among the main actions of CPI to highlight the role of the Health and Defense sector, the main drivers of these processes, and to which ICT technologies, and actions related to Energy and the Environment are strongly added.

FI Group, through the Public Sector Area, analyzes, channels and manages Innovative Public Procurement (CPI) processes in order to help Administrations (from the demand side) in their identification of needs / challenges; and to Companies and Research Organizations (from the supply side) to propose innovative products and services to Public Entities, linking the Public and Private sectors.

What types of CPI are there?

Pre-commercial Public Purchase (CPP)

The objective pursued is the contracting of services with a high component in R&D; the buyer (demand) does not keep the results of the innovation for his own exclusive use but shares with the companies (supply) its risks and benefits. This mechanism is necessary to promote, from demand, the development of new technological solutions that ultimately revert to society. Here is a brief summary:

  • There is no solution to the problem identified from the demand (public body)
  • A radial shift with significant R&D is necessary
  • The public buyer acts as a driver of the innovation process in order to solve challenges and needs from the demand.

Public Purchase of Innovative Technology (CPTI)

This process is based on the acquisition of a good or service that does not exist at the time of purchase, but that needs to be developed in a reasonable period. Here is a brief summary:

  • Improvements are required to have a solution
  • No significant R&D required
  • The public buyer acts as the first buyer of new solutions not yet marketable

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