The definition and monitorization of innovation procurement policies in the EU Countries

Definición y seguimiento de las políticas de contratación pública de innovación en los países de la Unión Europea

  • Carolina Morais ISCTE-IUL - Instituto Universitário Lisboa
  • Antonio Santos Foundation for Science and Technology
Keywords: innovation procurement, pre-commertial procurement, innovation policy, innovation, procurement policy


Public procurement emerges as a potentially powerful instrument for stimulating R&D, with the goal of supplying leading markets for new technologies. The research paper intends to introduce a better understanding of responsibilities and definition activities and monitorization of innovation procurement policies (IPP) in European countries. By identifying key factors responsible for defining such policies alongside monitoring mechanisms used currently or proposed going forward, it provides useful recommendations based on past learnings aimed at enhancing overall effectiveness over time. The main result of this research suggests that policymakers should focus on developing more robust innovation procurement policies that prioritize long-term benefits rather than short-term cost savings.


La contratación pública emerge como un instrumento potencialmente poderoso para estimular la I+D, con el objetivo de abastecer a los mercados líderes de nuevas tecnologías. Este trabajo de investigación pretende introducir una mejor comprensión de las responsabilidades y actividades de definición y seguimiento de las políticas de contratación pública para la innovación (PPI) en los países europeos. Al identificar los factores clave responsables de la definición de dichas políticas junto con los mecanismos de supervisión utilizados en la actualidad o propuestos de cara al futuro, proporciona recomendaciones útiles basadas en aprendizajes pasados destinadas a mejorar la eficacia general a lo largo del tiempo. El principal resultado de esta investigación sugiere que los responsables políticos deberían centrarse en desarrollar políticas de contratación pública de innovación más sólidas que den prioridad a los beneficios a largo plazo en lugar de priorizar el ahorro de costes a corto plazo.

Palabras clave: contratación de innovación; contratación pre-comercial; política de innovación; innovación; política de contratación.




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Morais, C., & Santos, A. (2023). The definition and monitorization of innovation procurement policies in the EU Countries. European Public & Social Innovation Review, 8(1), 1-19. Retrieved from
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