Take a step back to move forward
On 7 and 8 December, the Corvers-MSM Chair in Innovation Procurement at Maastricht School of Management hosted a challenging workshop in Maastricht to reflect on Europe’s experience in the deployment of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) in order to contribute from a professional and academic perspective to the improvement of the PCP practice.
PCP “concerns the Research and Development (R&D) phase before commercialization” and is an approach to procuring R&D for innovation promoted by the European Commission.
According to the European Commission (2007):“procuring R&D is commonly used by companies to gain a first-mover advantage. It could be more widely used in the public sector in Europe to improve efficiency and quality of service. This will typically require the public sector to develop strategies for procurement that are not only limited to the purchase of commercially available products and services but that also include the procurement of R&D of new solutions that can outperform those available on the market…”
According to the participants, the workshop was “extremely interesting and also rewarding, with valuable discussions and thought-provoking insights were gained”. A summary of results, for public dissemination, will be made available in due course.
The workshop was organized by the Corvers-MSM Chair in co-operation with the Forschungszentrum Jülich (Jülich Research Centre). The Forschungszentrum Jülich is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and is one of the most substantial interdisciplinary research centers in Europe. In 2007 one of its scientists, Professor Grünberg, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Corvers, the Corvers-MSM Chair and the Forschungszentrum Jülich have been increasingly involved over the past years on Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP). The Corvers team has been involved in the last several years in the review of EU-funded PCPs as well as in the legal and commercial support of cross-border and national PCPs. Forschungszentrum Jülich has been involved and/or led the implementation of PCPs that have been co-funded by the European Commission.
Recognizing the contribution that PCP can bring towards breakthrough innovation and improved public services, Corvers Procurement and Forschungszentrum Jülich believe time has come to exchange ideas and share those lessons learned, in order to enable present and future PCPs to benefit.