EU calls for tender

Call for proposals for innovative low-carbon technologies

The European Commission has launched an innovation fund that will provide approximately €10 billion from 2020 to 2030 for the commercial demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies. The aim is to bring industrial solutions to market to decarbonise Europe and support the transition to climate neutrality. The European Commission is calling for project proposals until 10 March 2021. Funding is available for smaller projects with a volume of €2.5 to €7.5 million. Further information


Call in the EU programme COSME

COSME is providing five million euros for projects helping to increase the proportion of European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) actively participating in the public procurement market for innovation. The evaluation process will apply a two-stage methodology. In the framework of stage 1 of the evaluation, applicants will have to submit an outline and a summary budget. The deadline for electronic submission is 19 January 2021,

Eligible to apply are transnational consortia involving at least two public purchasers from two countries who wish to purchase an innovative product that is not yet established on the market. Eligible sectors include health, digital technology, climate, transport, education and energy.


European Green Deal Tender

The European Green Deal is the roadmap to a modern, resource-efficient and competitive EU. On 18 September, the European Commission published an invitation to tender with a funding budget of one billion euros. For contracting authorities, the promotion of energy-efficient refurbishment (area 4) and the use of hydrogen are of particular interest.

Area 1: Increasing Climate Ambition: Cross sectoral challenges

  • LC-GD-1-1-2020: Preventing and fighting extreme wildfires with the integration and demonstration of innovative means
  • LC-GD-1-2-2020: Towards Climate-Neutral and Socially Innovative Cities
  • LC-GD-1-3-2020: Climate-resilient Innovation packages for EU regions

Area 2: Clean, affordable and secure energy

  • LC-GD-2-1-2020: Innovative land-based and offshore renewable energy technologies and their integration into the energy system
  • LC-GD-2-2-2020: Develop and demonstrate a 100 MW electrolyser upscaling the link between renewables and industrial applications
  • LC-GD-2-3-2020: Accelerating the green transition and energy access Partnership with Africa


Area 3: Industry for a clean and circular economy

  • LC-GD-3-1-2020: Closing the industrial carbon cycle to combat climate change - Industrial feasibility of catalytic routes for sustainable alternatives to fossil resources
  • LC-GD-3-2-2020: Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economy

Area 4: Energy and resource efficient buildings

  • LC-GD-4-1-2020: Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient way

Area 5: Sustainable and smart mobility

  • LC-GD-5-1-2020: Green airports and ports as multimodal hubs for sustainable and smart mobility

Area 6: Farm to Fork

  • LC-GD-6-1-2020: Testing and demonstrating systemic innovations in support of the Farm-to-Fork Strategy

Area 7: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

  • LC-GD-7-1-2020: Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services

Area 8: Zero-pollution, toxic free environment

  • LC-GD-8-1-2020: Innovative, systemic zero-pollution solutions to protect health, environment and natural resources from persistent and mobile chemicals
  • LC-GD-8-2-2020: Fostering regulatory science to address combined exposures to industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals: from science to evidence-based policies

Area 9: Strengthening our knowledge in support of the EGD

  • LC-GD-9-1-2020: European Research Infrastructures capacities and services to address European Green Deal challenges
  • LC-GD-9-2-2020: Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigation
  • LC-GD-9-3-2020: Transparent & Accessible Seas and Oceans: Towards a Digital Twin of the Ocean

Area 10: Empowering citizens for the transition towards a climate neutral, sustainable Europe

  • LC-GD-10-1-2020: European capacities for citizen deliberation and participation for the Green Deal
  • LC-GD-10-2-2020: Behavioural, social and cultural change for the Green Deal
  • LC-GD-10-3-2020: Enabling citizens to act on climate change, for sustainable development and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic engagement

The “impact-focused” approach is designed to demonstrate that research and innovation can provide effective solutions within a relatively short timeframe. The deadline for submission of applications expires on 26 January 2021. The selected projects should be scheduled to start in autumn 2021. Applications must be submitted via the Funding and Tenders Portal. Further information on the call for tenders can be found there or in the Work Programme.

The EU Contact Point advises on invitations to tender and applications. She also assists in finding a partner. See also the partner application in the area of housing.

European Events

Innovation Partnerships

The European Commission's Directorate-General GROW will provide information on the "Innovation Partnership" method in a three-part seminar series. The aim of the European Commission is to promote the demand for innovative goods, services and work in Europe. In this context, innovative procurement is seen as a key to bring innovations to the market. 

Building on the events on 13 October 2020 on the topic "Think Innovative! Unlock the potential of the Innovation Partnership to boost the economic recovery" (recording available) and on 1 December 2020 on "Laying down the foundations of an innovation partnership"  (recording available soon), another online seminar was scheduled:

Review European events

Records of the following events are available online:

Presentation of European innovation procurement projects

The EU provides funding for the development of products that are not yet available on the market. The instruments Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) are used. To give examples on how the projects can be structured and which products could be developed, the EU Contact Point for Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions presents the following projects in more detail: 

Further projects can be found here.

Challenges from Austria

The IÖB service point regularly publishes challenges to bring together public institutions and companies with innovative offers.

The challenge The freeway as a solar power plant: producing electricity with the noise barrier is open until 25.01.2021. It is planned that the winners will be invited to an innovation dialogue with the jury members on 15.03.2021.

Updated guidelines: procurement in relation to COVID crisis

The European Commission has released new guidance for public buyers to help public authorities use the flexibility provided by the EU’s public procurement framework to ensure rapid and efficient purchases of all necessary equipment. The possibilities range from considerably shortening the public procurement process to emergency procurement that is not subject to EU procedural requirements and does not require the prior publication of tender notices. The guidance also recommends that public buyers consider alternative innovative solutions and ways of engaging with the market.

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