We enable regions and cities to make better use of limited resources
Through partnerships that tackle common challenges, regions and cities can join forces instead of reinventing the wheel. Transnational cooperation plays a key part in knowledge generation and exchange, which allows regions to stay ahead of developments by pooling ideas and resources. This is important when addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by the huge structural changes facing Europe, from disruptive technologies to automation, globalisation, and the ageing workforce.
Public procurement of innovative solutions (PPI) is a powerful tool to boost innovation. The public sector demands innovative solutions that are not yet available or not at large scale on the market and thus forces providers to innovate. PPI is well supported on the European level (i.e. Horizon 2020), there exist also various guidance and training tools already for few years. So far they did not boost the PPI usage in the majority of central European regions because available tools are not customised to national frameworks and regional knowledge hubs are missing. Another key reason for the tools not being used to their full potential, yet, are limited personnel and financial resources for applying these. PPI2Innovate targets directly public procurers on all administrative levels in central Europe with the aim to build regional capacities in PPI, to change attitude towards PPI, to strengthen linkages among relevant stakeholders in regional innovation systems and to finally boost usage of PPI. The project will achieve this change by delivering innovative outputs such as three thematic PPI2Innovate tools for smart health, energy and ICT fully customized to six national institutional frameworks and translated. The project will also create six regional competence centres for PPI and their central European network as well as six action plans to implement eight PPI projects in each region. Four PPI pilots will strengthen linkages to apply a trans-regional “learning by doing approach” and to show success stories in four regions.READ MORE STORIES