INNOBUYER Open Call for Challengers

The EU-funded project InnoBuyer is inviting public and private organisations with challenges to be solved, to apply for the Open Call for Challengers.

A total amount of €1.1M is available to support 15 entities with unmet innovation needs, from any sector.

Get grants up to €41.5k Totally (100%) funded by the European Commission.


InnoBuyer brings together big organizations (Challengers) and innovative SMEs (Solvers) to jointly co-create innovative solutions, through a lean new model of innovation procurement.


Public and private organisations (Challengers) can apply for InnoBuyer proposing up to 4 unmet innovation needs.


The 15 selected entities will join the InnoBuyer programme to participate in 4 support actions:


  • Action #1: Expertise and 10.000€ funding support to develop a ‘Challenge Description’ which represents an improved version of the initially submitted unmet need, considering inputs from other relevant departments in the organisation such as IT, legal, and management, among others. The aim is to have business-oriented wording that can be appealing and well understood by innovative SMEs, to feed the Call for Solvers (Action #2).
  • Action #2: Training and 10.000€ funding support to learn and adopt the latest methodologies on sourcing and market consultation, attend market dialogue sessions to share unmet needs with potential Solvers and identify interesting solutions in e-pitching sessions, among other opportunities to connect Challengers and Solvers. The InnoBuyer consortium will launch an open call to attract innovative SMEs to propose solutions to the challenges developed in Action #1, and Challengers are expected to actively participate in the evaluation and selection of Solvers and corresponding proposed solutions.
  • Action #3: (Only for public organisations) Monitoring and up to 6.500€ funding support to co-create, deploy, test and assess a pilot, in collaboration with an innovative SME, to address the unmet innovation need described in Action #1 with a Solver selected in Action #2. (The Solver can get up to 58.500€ to develop the pilot.)
  • Action #4: (Only for public organisations) Legal expertise and 15.000€ funding support to design and deliver Terms of Reference (ToR) for a simplified form of innovation procurement, to acquire the solution developed in Action #3.


All the information about the InnoBuyer Open Call for Challenger 


Back to Home

The event is finished.


Feb 14 2023 - Mar 31 2023