Procurement of innovation in public goods and services is not just about R&D. The Procurement of Innovation Award (now in its second year) encourages innovation in the design and delivery of public services, processes and models and the procurement of innovative solutions. Last year we reported on the finalists with a synopsis of each entry and followed up with an overview of the winner when it was announced – we’ll do the same this year.
The award is part of the Procurement of Innovation Platform project, which helps public authorities and other stakeholders to understand and exploit the influence that innovation procurement can exert. Entrants are from all over Europe and are judged on their adoption of an innovation-led approach to buying of more effective and efficient products or services that will ultimately be for the good of the European community.
This year’s nominees are:
- Federal Procurement Agency – Austria
- CAK healthcare and elderly care agency – The Netherlands
- Stockholm County Council – Sweden
- Kuyavian-Pomeranian Province – Poland
- Galician Public Health Service – Spain
- Consip, Italian Central Purchasing Body – Italy
- Rijkswaterstaat – The Netherlands
- Municipality Achtkarspelen, together with Municipality Tytsjerksteradiel – The Netherlands
The finalists will be announced later in the year. Last year we reported on why the award went to Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam:
“The Erasmus University Medical Centre asked the bidders to design a more cost and environmentally efficient solution to disinfect the hospital’s 70,000 beds and mattresses. The contract was won by IMS Medical, who proposed a creative approach – high-precision cleaning robots that disinfect the beds in a conveyor belt format, similar to the set-up employed by car manufacturers. Through the facility, the cleaning costs per bed were lowered by 35 percent compared with the existing solution, and the CO2 footprint reduced by 65 percent.”
“Erasmus Medical Centre is one of a partnership of academic hospitals in the Netherlands committed to achieving a 20 percent reduction in energy use by 2020. Its ambition to be a green and low-carbon hospital has been reflected in the success of this project; the first attempt of its procurement team to use innovation procurement methods. Encouraging the market to explore new ideas and approaches from across the supply chain is no doubt and aim of the Procurement of Innovation Platform – to stimulate and support innovation procurement thinking ultimately to have a significant positive impact on the European economy.”
No wonder the Netherlands has so many entries this year. Maybe it is hoping to scoop first prize again – we’ll have to wait and see!