Advancements in self-management strategies that range from short-term therapeutic regimens to long-term symptom monitoring will enhance medical treatment.
RELIEF is a development project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program. The project started in February 2016 and will run for 46 months.
The new technologies and solutions are sought by using a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process. Pre-Commercial Procurement is a method for procuring R&D services, or of the result of R&D services, with the purpose of developing a new product or solution. A PCP trajectory typically consists of three phases: concept/solution design, prototype development and pilot phase (development of first pre-products on a small scale that are tested in the field).
PCP is about stimulating supplier product development from the demand side so that from the outset it fits perfectly to the needs of the public authority interested in deploying the service commercially.
PCP is a method for procuring R&D services, or of the result of R&D services, with the purpose of developing a new product or solution.
It is about the public and private sector sharing the risks and benefits of picking up exploratory research which has the potential to innovate public services from the early stages of pre-commercial product development up to the stage where products are ready for commercialisation.
PCP of innovation empowers public procurers in their role as technologically demanding first buyers.
In Europe, the PCP has so far been an under-utilized tool for promoting innovation. Indeed, one of the aims of this project is to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach to address societal and governmental needs.