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Story 20 November 2023

Open Call for the SPIN4EIC Assistance Action: We´re calling EIC beneficiaries to seize their market opportunity!

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The SPIN4EIC Strategic Innovation Procurement Programme aims to offer hands-on assistance to EIC beneficiaries to take part as bidders in Public, including procurement of Research and Development (R&D) services, and Private sector Innovation Procurement tender processes, in and outside Europe. This is a free service for EIC beneficiaries. This Call will be open until August 2026 and will be continuously updated with information about specific Sub-Calls that will be launched based on available procurement opportunities.

Are you an EIC beneficiary? Then, we invite you to express your interest in this opportunity! This is a unique chance for you to benefit from tailor-made support and pursue procurement tender opportunities seeking your solution. Ultimately, this can empower you to boost your visibility and effectively market your innovative solution.

Express your interest by completing this application form.


What’s in it for you?

The assistance will be provided to support the EIC beneficiaries in the Procurement of R&D Services, Innovation Public Procurement, and Private Sector Innovation Procurement throughout the lifecycle of the tendering process. Each EIC beneficiary shall carve its own customer journey along the tendering lifecycle, receiving tailored assistance from the SPIN4EIC team, where they need it most.

The assistance to the EIC beneficiaries encompasses activities such as guidance in identifying market opportunities, sharing methodologies for qualifying opportunities, providing best practices on drafting tenders, sharing best practices of organising tendering documents, reviewing tender documents (including a review of the documents developed by the applicants), and providing guidance on their format and organisation.

The support will not include the drafting of technical documents, the preparation of administrative documents, or the submission of documents to buying entities.


How can you take part?

The SPIN4EIC programme will be accepting expressions of interest for participation on an ongoing basis, as this Call will remain open for the entire duration of the programme (from November 2023 to early 2026). The SPIN4EIC team will periodically assess the received applications and screen for opportunities related to the solutions provided by the pre-selected beneficiaries.

Once an opportunity in Public (including procurement of R&D services) and Private sector Innovation Procurement is identified, we will then launch a Sub-Call for the Expression of Interest (EOI), dedicated to that opportunity. Participants who match the identified opportunity will be subsequently contacted to express their interest in receiving assistance to that specific tender opportunity.

EIC beneficiaries, who meet the eligibility criteria, will undergo a preliminary pre-selection process based on the initial submission of the Call's form. It is important to note that the final and official selection for participation in the assistance action will only be conducted through the subsequent Sub-Calls.

In addition, you can also share with us any tender opportunity that you find interesting, by filling in the link available in the section “How to Apply?”.


Assistance overview


Who can apply?

We are looking for EIC-funded beneficiaries (SMEs, start-ups and scale-ups offering as well as any other relevant entity working on innovative solutions) who are interested in receiving assistance in Private and/or Public Procurement and have the capacity to participate in this assistance action.

To be pre-selected to receive assistance, the EIC beneficiaries must comply with the following eligibility criteria:

1. The applicant must be an EIC beneficiary;

2. The applicant has maintained legal compliance, with no record of law violations; and

3. The applicant must exhibit financial stability and should not be insolvent.

The applicant must be able to successfully pass a European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) phase, meaning that they need to be complaint with requirements 2 and 3. An ESPD is a self-declaration form used in public procurement procedures. In addition, certain private sector entities may opt to adopt best practices from public procurement and request suppliers to provide an ESPD.

The selection criteria for each Sub-Call for EOI will be tailored to the requirements of each identified tender opportunity. The team will then contact all applicants once the selection process has been concluded and inform each applicant of the outcome of their application.


How to apply?

If you are interested to join our pool of EIC beneficiaries, please express your interest now by filling in the application form.

After you express your interest, you can:

Option 1: Get to know more about our current sub-calls for EOI and apply directly to these opportunities:

Option 2Share with us the opportunities you identified and for which you would like to receive support in the tendering here. If your profile matches the requirements of the identified opportunity, we will reach out to you as soon as possible to start the assistance process.

The EIC beneficiaries can apply to both options above.


What are the timetable and deadlines?

This general Call for Expression of Interest will remain accessible throughout the entirety of the programme (November 2023 to early 2026), and Sub-Calls for applications will be initiated whenever the team identifies opportunities in Public (including procurement of R&D services) and Private sector Innovation Procurement. By expressing your interest, you will be able to stay tuned about upcoming opportunities!


Need help?

For additional information, please refer to our Helpdesk with the subject "SPIN4EIC Strategic Innovation Procurement Programme”.


Personal data

The applicants’ personal data will be processed in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 2018/17251 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data. Detailed information about the data protection procedures is presented in the Data Protection Notice.

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DISCLAIMER: This information is provided in the interest of knowledge sharing and should not be interpreted as the official view of the European Commission, or any other organisation.

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