The iBuy project (Fostering the role of public authorities as demanders of innovation through public procurement), funded by the INTERREG EUROPE program, aims to study a common challenge in partner territories, namely the need to effectively promote and implement public procurement programs that stimulate Innovation (IPP), co-financed by the European Structural Funds and Investments. These types of programs are intended to drive the progress of public authorities acting as applicants for innovation, a basic concept in the Europe 2020 strategy.
The involved partners are territories that are at an early stage in program implementation (APIs) and face common challenges, in particular, due to lack of experience as applicants for innovation, territories that can be supported through interregional cooperation to generate synergies and value-added common.
To this end, iBuy aims at developing appropriate innovative models for mobilizing beneficiaries and financiers interested in the public and private environments, widening the number and quality of the results of the instruments, as well as the impact of their policies, based on the "entrepreneurial discovery process" directly related to RIS3 and at the same time, promotes a European perspective, ensuring the sustainability and transferability of the results obtained.
The objective of the project is based on the EU Cohesion Policy, the Regional Innovation Intelligence Specialization (RIS3) and the relevant territorial strategies for innovation-driven public procurement (IPP). Inter-territorial cooperation is, therefore, a key element in implementing policies, strategies and plans. Thus, the overall objective of the iBuy project is to promote the role of public authorities as applicants for innovation through innovation-driven public procurement programs, which will improve the capacity of these authorities to extend the effectiveness of programs and their outcomes.
The project runs from 01.06.2018 to 30.11.2022 and includes the following partners
Lithuania Innovation Center (Lithuania) - Partner Leader
Foundation for Innovation and Technology in the Balearic Islands - Government of the Balearic Islands (Spain)
The Baltic Institute of Finland (Finland)
Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency (Romania)
Regional Government of Central Greece (Greece)
Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia (Latvia)
National Innovation Agency of Portugal (Portugal)
The total value of the project is 1,471,100 euros, of which the ADRBI budget is 167,300 euros.