Public procurement of innovation or Pre-Commercial Procurement?
Public procurement of innovation (PPI) occurs when public authorities act as a launch customer for innovative goods or services. These are typically not yet available on a large-scale commercial basis and may include conformance testing.
A pdf-version of the methodology, "An implementation guide for public procurement of innovation" (January 2013) has been produced.
Pre-commercial procurement (PCP) is an approach within the public procurement of innovation, developed specifically for the procurement of R&D services rather than actual goods and services; if the goods or services developed during the R&D phase are to be procured, this would need to be based on a separate procurement process.
This project, InnoBuild, is a PPI project and using methodologies well suited for these procurements.