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Innovation Partnerships

Innovation Partnerships can be used where there is no existing product or solution currently available on the market

Under this procedure:
  • the contract notice will make it clear that the innovation partnership procedure is being used

  • any supplier may make a request to participate

  • the request to participate must be accompanied by an ESPD

  • following assessment of the submitted ESPDs, the buyer will use a negotiated approach to invite suppliers to submit ideas to develop innovative works, suppliers or services aimed at meeting a need for which there is no suitable existing ‘product’ on the market.

  • the public body is allowed to award partnerships to more than one supplier

A record of clear reasons for selecting this approach is required and commercial confidentiality is of key importance in employing this procedure.

See also: further information on the advertising timelimits related to this procedure.

Next Step: Negotiated Procedure without prior publication