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