The ECOQUIP+ project builds on its successful predecessor, EcoQUIP, and related projects on public procurement for innovation (PPI).
These projects aimed to demonstrate how pro-innovation procurement methods help to improve the efficiency, quality and sustainability of healthcare. This included direct interventions in the procurement processes of individual hospitals in a number of EU Member States.
In addition to developing the pro-innovation capability of individual partner hospitals, we have the following aims:
- Connect EU supported R&D to procurement outcomes
- Strengthen market demand for innovation by improving the capability of hospitals to engage in multilateral and collaborative actions.
- Improve the use of the innovation potential in SMEs to support healthcare outcomes
- Options and opportunities for joint procurement will be actively sought where they are feasible and add value in terms of outcomes and innovation
However, the need to align budgets and timelines is a serious impediment to joint procurement for both buyers and suppliers. Therefore, as well as mechanisms for cross-border joint procurement, we will be looking at other options for joined-up procurements that have proved effective in engaging suppliers and demonstrating joint demand.
- Implement five leader-led innovation procurement (PPI) projects within the healthcare sector in important challenge areas that have good potential for aggregation of demand and wider replication.
- Develop and test mechanisms for collaborative and joint procurement actions within the consortium and with 3rd party buyers throughout the innovation procurement life cycle.
- Implement market engagement actions to catalyse interest from potential solution providers including innovative SMEs and EU-funded project beneficiaries.
- Build and enable buyer groups that extend beyond the country, or region, of the lead hospital for each of the leader-led projects
OUR WORK PACKAGES
Project management and coordination
Ensuring professional management, budget control and coordination
Leader-led innovation procurements
Implementation of five leader-led, collaborative PPI projects, each led by a hospital in a different European country. Each addresses an important challenge area with good potential for aggregation of demand and wide replication. They will seek to build capacity in collaborative innovation procurement and identify new challenges for future projects.
Facilitate collaborative actions
Exploration and engagement of options to facilitate coordination and collaboration between hospitals to create a credible market demand for the innovation targets. Activities will establish links and synergies with national and European R&D, as well as actively identifying, engaging and informing SMEs about PPI and the procurement opportunities.
Sharing the lessons from the project with other stakeholders and thus multiplication of the overall impacts of the project.