Demand-side innovation policy instruments in general as well as Public Procurement Promoting Innovation (PPPI) in particular are increasingly receiving attention on national and international/European levels. They serve as a complement to the well established supply-side instruments.
As part of these developments, the Austrian Federal Government adopted the Austrian Action Plan on Public Procurement Promoting Innovation in September 2012. Its aim in exploiting the large procurement volumes (about 40 billion Euro p. a. in Austria) is twofold: to encourage industry to deliver innovative goods and services on the one hand, and to supply public bodies and citizens with advanced and (eco)efficient goods and services on the other. The ongoing implementation of the Austrian PPPI Action Plan is the responsibility of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT).
The Annual PPPI Reports provide a comprehensive and well-prepared review of the activities and developments regarding innovation procurement in Austria (download via links below):