Innovation prize

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Association Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME) single out exemplary performances among public-sector contracting authorities in the procurement of innovations and the design of innovative procurement processes. 

In order to recognise the specific challenges associated with the commitment to boosting innovation within public institutions, the prize comes with a monetary award of EUR 10,000 for the "innovation procurement" category and another EUR 10,000 for the "innovative procurement processes" category.


The independent jury evaluates the incoming manuscripts and nominates the best concepts. The applicants with the most innovative solutions are invited to a presentation in Frankfurt. The jury then determines the winner from this group.

BMWi and BME will hold the prize-giving at the "Contracting Authorities Day" once a year in Berlin. The meeting has first been held in 2003 and became a leading event in the public sector. 

Rules of participation

Those eligible to apply for the BMWi/BME "Innovation schafft Vorsprung" (Innovation creates a lead) prize are administrative authorities at national, state and local level and also public companies and institutions. Manuscripts on either innovative procurement processes or procuring innovations are accepted.

The papers must be composed in German and be no more than 20 pages. The manuscript must be unpublished. Those submitting an entry agree to their manuscript being printed or re-used after consultation.

The work must be submitted as a printable PDF stating the institution, the author responsible and the full address and should be e-mailed to:

Submission of concepts on innovative procurement processes:

The submitted concept must be put into practice and contribute in the long term towards the optimisation and increased efficiency of procurement processes. It should be characterised by its ability to be applied to other comparable institutions or organisations within the public sector (e.g. municipal authorities, hospitals, municipal services).

Submission of concepts on procuring innovations: 

The practical application of procured innovative products, procedures or services was able to effect a considerable improvement in productivity and efficiency, from a financial, process and/or environmental perspective. 

Recourse to legal action is excluded.  

Find more information on the prize and on the "Contracting Authorities Day" here.