Topic 4: ‘Stimulating innovation through public procurement’Bringing innovative solutions to the market. For example: the extent to which EU legislation stimulates innovation through public procurement; how pre-commercial procurement could foster innovation in the EU; markets where public authorities have a potential to encourage demand for new technologies; converting new inventions into new products and jobs; promoting globally accepted solutions instead of locally tailored ones, etc.
Submit your application
You must submit your application by filling in the online form
Please include a short bio (max. 250 words), the title of your essay, a valid link to your essay and an electronic copy of your essay published in an online journal or edited volume. Please make sure the URL you provide works properly and that the copy of your essay is accessible. Your application will be rejected if the URL is broken or the content is not accessible.
28 April 2023
The selection phase ends and all candidates are notified via email. Only the first 120 essays to be submitted will be evaluated – 30 per research topic. The top three winners per research topic will be announced on the TED website.
12 winners will receive prize money (€1,500 per prize).
The selection process takes place after the deadline to submit applications for the competition (28 April 2023). During this phase, a selection panel appointed by the Publications Office assesses each application.
Applications are assessed and graded against the selection criteria (table below). For each research topic, the 12 applications that score the highest number of points (i.e. the top 3 per research topic) are selected as the winners.
||Maximum number of points
|Relevance to the chosen research topic
|Clear explanation of concepts for a non-specialist audience (e.g. writing clearly; absence of technical jargon)
|Relevance of the essay in contemporary debate
|Innovation and development perspectives (e.g. predicting future trends; promoting further research)
|Impact on policymaking and/or possible application in technological systems
|The essay is open access, i.e. fully available for anyone to read at no cost
All applicants will be notified via email about the selection results. On request, applicants may also need to provide further information or clarifications about their submitted application for the evaluation.
Each of the 12 winning applications will be awarded prize money of €1,500 under the TED Ambassador award.
The winning essays will be promoted and referenced on the TED website, together with the authors’ biographies, and will form part of an online catalogue of high-quality studies in public procurement. The 12 winners will also benefit from online publicity via social media.
To receive the prize money, the winners are required to submit a feedback report by filling in a survey about the competition.
|Top three per research topic
• 12 winner essays will be advertised on the TED website, via a link to the online journal/volume’s page hosting the essay.
• Author biographies will be published on the TED website.
• Publicity via social media.
• Prize money: €1,500 per winning application.
|Applicants outside the top 12
Some essays that did not make the top 12 may still be advertised on the TED website (at the discretion of the Publications Office).
If you have any questions about this competition, you can ask us, in writing only, up until 14 April 2023. Email your questions to OP-TED-AMBASSADOR-AWARD@ec.europa.eu.
Awards payments are subject to winners registering their details on the legal entity form and the European Commission’s bank account database. We therefore ask winners to provide all the necessary supporting documents – duly signed and stamped – at the latest three weeks after being selected.
Winners must also decide to whom the prize money should be transferred. You can find additional information and links to download templates for the legal entity and bank account forms here. The Publications Office takes no responsibility regarding the distribution of awards among the winners.
Cancellation of the competition
The Publications Office reserves the right to cancel the competition, or to abstain from awarding one or more prizes without any obligation to compensate the teams.
Intellectual property and copyright
The submitted essay will remain the property of the rights holders. The EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies will be allowed to mention, describe and promote any essays submitted to the competition with due reference to the author or authors on their channels (websites, social media, press releases, etc.).
The winning applicants will be advertised on the TED website and promoted via social media channels. The biographies and copyright of the authors will be mentioned.
At the discretion of the Publications Office, some essays that do not make the top 12 may also be advertised on the TED website. In such cases, no prize money is granted, nor will there be any publicity coverage through social media.
Processing of personal data
If you participate in the competition, your personal data will be processed by us according to Regulation (EU) 2018/1725
on the processing of personal data by the EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies. We will process your data only as needed in connection with organising and following up the competition, although we may send it to certain bodies responsible for monitoring or inspection, as laid down in European Union legislation.
Sole liability of the teams
If there are any claims relating to the activities carried out as part of the competition, applicants are solely liable. The Publications Office cannot be held responsible for any claim relating to the activities carried out by applicants as part of the competition.
The Publications Office cannot be held liable for any damages caused or sustained by any of the applicants, including any damages caused to third parties because of or during the implementation of activities related to the competition.
Applicable law and competent jurisdiction
The competition is governed by the applicable EU law. The General Court or, on appeal, the Court of Justice of the European Union, will have sole jurisdiction to hear any dispute between the EU and any applicant in relation to the competition, if such a dispute cannot be settled amicably.
Applicants can refer to the European Ombudsman
if they consider that any of the EU institutions:
• fail to act according to the law or the principles of good administration;
• violate human rights.
Exclusion criteria and administrative sanctions
By submitting their essays, candidates declare that they are not in one of the situations mentioned in Article 136(1) of the Financial Regulation. Candidates who are in any of those situations or fall into other categories indicated in Article 141 of the Financial Regulation will be rejected from participating and from being awarded a prize in the competition.
The rejection does not affect any decision to exclude candidates from participating in award procedures governed by the Financial Regulation, or the application of financial penalties (Articles 136-140 of the Financial Regulation).
Early detection and exclusion system
If participants are in one of the exclusion situations stated above, their personal data may be registered in the early detection and exclusion system (EDES) in line with Articles 135, 142, 143 and 144 of the Financial Regulation. For more information, see the privacy statement for EDES
Suspension of the competition, cancellation of the award and reduction of the prize
If the award procedure is found to have been subject to irregularities or fraud, the Publications Office will apply the measures referred to in Article 131 of the Financial Regulation.
Checks, audits and investigations
The winners accept that the European Commission, the European Anti-Fraud Office, the Court of Auditors and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office are allowed to perform any required checks, audits or investigations in relation to the competition and the prize received.