On 25 November, at the Award Ceremony held during the European Innovation Council Summit, the European Commission announced the winners of the first edition of the EU Innovation Procurement Awards.
Apart from the prestigious recognition, the winner of each category will be rewarded with EUR 75 000 while each of the runners-up will receive EUR 25 000.
This competition is funded under Horizon Europe and managed by the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA).
Innovation procurement strategy category
Winner: The Galician Health Service, SERGAS (Spain)
The CODIGO 100 project identifies, transforms, and implements innovative solutions to new health system challenges, to guarantee active and healthy ageing. They are transmuting an ageing population with risks of frailty, multi-pathologies and enormous healthcare needs into an active and healthy population.
Runner-up: The National Centre for Research and Development, NCRD (Poland)
The National Centre for Research and Development (NCRD) is an executive agency of the Polish Ministry of Education and Science, which brings together the world of science and business through co-financing of R&D projects.
Facing societal challenges category
Winner: The Dutch Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg, WBL (The Netherlands)
WBL is the regional waste water treatment company subsidiary of one of the 21 Dutch regional water authorities.
Runner-up: International Horizontal Scanning Initiative (Belgium).
A horizon scanning system including a database of information on pharmaceuticals (which gathers medical substantive inventories, analyses, and associated activities) and the further development, adaptation and maintenance of the system, following go-live and the IT service management.
Procurement leadership category
Winners: Francesco Talone, Stefano Moni, and Giuseppe Restivo (Italy)
The Central Directorate of Criminal Police in Rome hosts and manages several law-enforcement information systems (i.e. National Investigative Information System, Schengen Information System, the National DNA Information System, or the Single Emergency Call Number 112).
Runners-up: Mateusz Stanczyk & Monika Adamczak (Poland)
Lawyers working together at SMM Legal. For the last several years, they have assisted the Polish National Centre for Research and Development as its legal advisors, working on the creation of a legal path for pre-commercial procurement in the field of green innovations.