Public Procurement for Innovation

Good Practices and Strategies

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Public procurement offers an enormous potential market for innovative products and services. Used strategically, it can help governments boost innovation at both the national and local level and ultimately improve productivity and inclusiveness. Based on good practices in OECD and partner countries, this report analyses the state of play of procurement for innovation and provides a flexible framework focusing on 9 areas to promote it.




The Netherlands have a goal to spend 2.5% on innovation. There is a stand-alone procurement for innovation action plan: the programme “Innovatiegericht Inkopen”, which includes the use of PPI, PCP, SBIR and other instruments that stimulate innovation among contracting authorities prior to the actual procurement. The programme focuses on the stimulation of the dialogue between contracting authorities and businesses prior to the actual procurement, the insight in market challenges and demand articulation. Procurement for innovation aims at providing room for innovation in public procurements and actively challenging businesses to deliver innovation.


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