About the Flagship
This flagship focuses on facilitating innovation through improved framework conditions including experimental approaches to regulation, through so-called regulatory sandboxes, as well as test beds, living labs and innovation procurement.
Guidance document on Regulatory Sandboxes
Initiation of preparations of the Guidance
Publication of the Staff Working document
The Commission issued a staff working document in July 2023 that clarifies relevant use cases of regulatory sandboxes, test beds and living labs in order to support policymakers and innovators in their approach to experimentation in the EU. This document includes an overview of the main existing experimentation clauses and regulatory sandboxes in EU law.
Stimulating Experimentation Practices
Announcement of results
Signing of grant agreement with the beneficiaries
The Commission will support innovators through the European Innovation Ecosystems Work Programme relevant topic to identify areas and establish an experimentation space, such as regulatory sandboxes, living labs or test beds, which could facilitate the deployment of disruptive technologies.
Innovation-Friendly Regulations Advisory Group
13 contracts signed
First meeting of the expert group
4 meetings in total are expected
The Commission established an expert group which focuses on the use of emerging technologies in support of the public sector to improve, optimise and innovate its operations and service provision. This work could also identify areas for experimentation on advanced emerging digital technologies by public authorities in controlled environments (regulatory sandboxes).
Open innovation test bed in renewable Hydrogen
Deadline for applications
Grant Agreement preparations concluded
The Commission will establish a new open innovation test bed in renewable hydrogen in 2023 under Horizon Europe to provide access to physical facilities, capabilities and services. As part of the open innovation test bed, the implementing parties will seek guidance on compliance with the European legal and regulatory frameworks and on increasing circularity by design (life cycle assessment), to support the development of a vibrant hydrogen economy across the entire value chain.
The Commission also updated the new R&I&D Framework to reflect economic and technological developments further simplifying the rules applied by EU countries to implement RDI aimed at innovative solutions including in digital, health and carbon-neutral technologies that support the transition to a green and digital economy.
Innovation Procurement Specialist Advisory Service
Announcement of results
Signing of grant agreement with the beneficiaries
The Commission will support the formation of an innovation procurement specialist advisory service through the relevant topic under the European Innovation Ecosystems Work Programme. This will act as an intermediary between public procurers and innovative suppliers. The call will open on 8th June 2023 with the deadline for applications on 21st September 2023.
EU wide benchmarking on innovation procurement
Signing of the contract for the Innovation Procurement Observatory
1st workshop that will present the objectives
First deliverables of the benchmarking
The Commission will update its EU wide benchmarking of national policy frameworks and investments on innovation procurement in Europe. This includes both the investments in R&D procurement and the investments in public procurement of innovative solutions ((PPI procurement).
Signature of the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA)
Signature of the first Specific Grant Agreement with the FPA consortium
The GovTech Incubator kicks off
The Commission will create an Edge AI Testing and Experimentation Facilities (TEFs) to develop AI prototypes using low-power computing technologies. The TEF will collaborate with other EU partnerships, provide testing facilities for SMEs, and focus on implementing AI components in connected autonomous objects.
Member States and Associated Countries actions supporting the New European Innovation Agenda
At the Competitiveness Council in December 2022, following the adoption of Council Conclusions on New European Innovation Agenda (NEIA), the Commission launched a call to governments to announce actions in support of the NEIA. This announcement was based on the understanding that full support and engagement from the Member States and Associated Countries is needed to ensure the implementation of the NEIA.
The actions were gathered through the EIC Forum, a group of Member States and Associated Countries' public authorities and bodies in charge of innovation policies and programmes, with the aim of promoting coordination and dialogue on the development of the Union's innovation ecosystem.
|Establishment of 100% renewable energy living labs||The initiative aims to initiate, promote and support five "reallabs" for different types of regions in Austria, in which prototype system solutions for integrated, regional energy systems are developed, tested and validated||Regional||Ongoing||Website|
|Mobility Labs||Initiative on Urban and Regional Mobility Labs. Currently 6 mobility labs active. The Call for proposals for regional mobility labs opens in autumn 2023||National||Ongoing||Website|
|IÖB (IOEB) - Initiative for Innovative Public Procurement||IOEB (IÖB=Innovative öffentliche Beschaffung) is a strong and flexible initiative with permanently updated actitives.||National||Ongoing||Website|
|European Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Testing and Experimentation Facility for Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities (CitCom.AI)||Support deeptech technology AI from lab to market introduction and uptake in EU||European||Planned for future||EISMEA-RTD-EICFORUMec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Contact)|
|Programme for Innovative Procurement||Support of innovation for Flanders public procurement entities to address societal challenges||Regional||Ongoing||Website|
|Innovative public procurement programme BETA||Support innovation in the public administration through public procurement procedures using innovation, research, sandboxes, etc||National||Ongoing||EISMEA-RTD-EICFORUMec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Contact)|
|European Digital Innovation Hub||DiGiNN brings together under one roof in a structured service framework, Cyprus’ leading expertise on digitisation and innovation||National||Ongoing||EISMEA-RTD-EICFORUMec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Contact)|
|Strategy for green public procurement: Green procurement for a green future||Contribute to achieving the climate goals through public procurement||National||Ongoing||Website|
|Innovation Procurement||Increase innovation procurement through special advisory services, sharing best practices etc. Supporting development and implementation of innovative solutions in the public sector||National||Ongoing||EISMEA-RTD-EICFORUMec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Contact)|
|Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation SPRIND||The Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation (SPRIND) is a flexible and rapid government funding instrument with the aim to support and accelerate the identification and development of innovative ideas||National||Ongoing||Website|
|Regulatory Sandbox Act||The German government is planning to pass a Regulatory Sandbox Act that will provide uniform and innovation-friendly framework conditions for regulatory sandboxes and allow new scope for testing innovations||National||Ongoing||Website|
|Coordinating Office for Regulatory Sandboxes at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)||The Federal Regulatory Sandboxes office has been implementing the Regulatory Sandboxes strategy since 2019 incorpotating pillars on Legal Opportunities, Informing and networking and Initiation and support||National||Ongoing||Website|
|Competition to support Angel Investor Networks||The objective of the competition was to strengthen the Angel Investor Networks organizations operating in Georgia||National||Ongoing||Website|
|Proposal Writing Camp||Preparation of potential applicants for Horizon Europe projects||National||Planned for future||Website|
|Building an R&I ERA Pilot on Green Hydrogen||Contribute to the development of a Clean Hydrogen Observatory, the improvement of education and skills in the sector, the acceleration of the pre-market step of the hydrogen value chain, and by expanding the landscape of hydrogen valleys.||European||Ongoing||EISMEA-RTD-EICFORUMec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Contact)|
|Innovation Hub for green H2 and energy storage in Western Macedonia Region||Develop hub connecting science, industry, politics and other partners in the Greek hydrogen economy by 2025 and onwards||National||Ongoing||EISMEA-RTD-EICFORUMec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Contact)|
|European Digital Innovation Hubs||“One-stop-shops” providing access to technical expertise and experimentation, as well as innovation services, and the training and skills development necessary for successful digital transformation||European||Ongoing||Website|
|Reform of the industrial property code - Abolition of Professor Privilege||To define a multi-year strategy for industrial property, with the aim of adding value to innovation and encouraging investment in the future||National||Planned for future||Website|
|Modification to the regulatory framework on public procurement - Innovative procurement portal||To match the demand and supply of innovation, encouraging an effective collaboration between PA, companies, start-ups and research institutions, in line with the provisions of the Italian Digital Agenda||National||Ongoing||Website|
|The GovTech Lab||Work with internal and external actors on the development of the digitalisation of public services and integration of new technologies||National||Ongoing||Website|
|Zonas Livres Tecnológicas (Regulatory sandboxes)||The objectives of Free Technological Zones include attracting foreign investment, promoting projects with an international dimension and stimulating the entrepreneurial ecosystem||National||Ongoing||Website|
|Procure+i - Competence Centre for Innovation Public Procuremente||Platform to provide information, guidance and support services to foster Innovation in Public Procurement||National||Ongoing||Website|
|Sandbox Guidelines (MCIN)||Promotion of regulatory sandboxes||National||Ongoing||Website|
|Public Procurement of Innovation (Linea FID-CPI MCIN)||The Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) aims to promote innovation in the public and private sectors |
through public procurement, so that innovative solutions are incorporated in public administrations and innovation in companies is encouraged
|Pre-commercial public procurement (CDTI)||Through this instrument, the CDTI will acquire R&D services that may result in prototypes of first products or services, in the form of test series, which are technologically innovative and meet public needs||National||Ongoing||Website|
|Demand accelerator: Enabling innovation through experimentation spaces and public procurement||Make innovation procurement an innovations policy instrument||National||Ongoing||Website|
|Checks for innovation procurement||The objective is to strengthen the capacity of contracting authorities to use procurement as a tool for innovation||National||Ongoing||EISMEA-RTD-EICFORUMec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Contact)|
|BeBo and Belok purchasing networks||The aim of BeBo and Belok is to push the bar when it comes to energy efficiency in the built environment and to reduce dependence on energy||National||Ongoing||Website|
|SME Support Call for Order-Based R&D Projects||Within the scope of Order R&D calls, to increase cooperation and enable more effective use of public resources allocated for R&D supports and contribute to the sustainable development of the country||National||Ongoing||EISMEA-RTD-EICFORUMec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Contact)|