Offered by the Corvers Chair in Innovation Procurement

Public Procurement and Innovation are two fundamental drivers for growth and development, a point particularly stressed by the recent 2014 EU Public Procurement Directives. Indeed, since for example in the EU innovation procurement through public expenditure counts for about 18% of the GDP, with tight public finances procurements delivery of best value for money has come crucial for the public sector.

Moreover, because of its size, procurement is in a best position for promoting innovative solutions to enhance societal growth and welfare. Innovation procurement also plays a role in industrial policy – vital for creating and maintaining a competitively growing economy, and an area of concern in the EC and industrially lagging countries in Africa and Latin America in recent years.

For the above goals to be met, capacity building is essential. Therefore, this 5-day Executive Education Program has been developed to provide public policy makers and scholars in innovation and public policy a concise, but cutting edge, introduction to the Economics of Innovation Procurement.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Certificate (diploma optional)


Course date
Upon request

5 days

Dr. Nicola Dimitri, Corvers Chair in Innovation Procurement
Lead trainer
Nicola Dimitri
Honorary Professor and Research Fellow

Course topics

The course will contain the following topics:
(focus on them may vary depending upon the class composition and experience)
• The economic impact of innovation
• Radical innovation
• Prizes, contests and incentives to stimulate innovative solutions
• The law and economics of EU pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and innovation procurement (PPI)
• Policy rationale for innovation procurement
• State aid issues in innovation procurement
• Suitable procurement procedures
• Value engineering
• The main financial indicators for decision making when procuring innovative solutions
• Monitoring methodologies
• Case studies
• Project discussion and presentation

The below table provides an outline of the topics to be covered in this course (click on the picture for the larger version):

Course length

The standard format of the program is five days, 30 hrs., and intensive course. This will include lectures, classes, presentations and all other relevant activities.

Teaching methods

Teaching will aim to be interactive and participants pro-active attitude is fundamental for the success of the course. For this more than one method will be adopted. More traditional lectures will be delivered for the conceptual-methodological parts and the exposition of case studies. The attendees may perform project presentation and discussion, presentation of professional experience, individually or as groups.

Your profile

The program is designed for:
• Policy makers in government and international bodies who have an interest in innovation and public procurement
• Officials, planners and legal advisors to government procurement departments
• Scholars working on the economics of innovation


Each participant receives a certificate of attendance on the last day of the course. Only for those who will complete an additional assignment will receive a diploma. In case you would like to have more information you contact

About Corvers Commercial and Legal Affairs

Corvers Commercial and Legal Affairs is the sponsor of the Corvers Chair in Innovation Procurement at MSM, instituted in 2016. Corvers is a leading legal consultancy firm in the Benelux area, specialized in European public procurement law, innovation, IPR and  contracting. Corvers acts as an advisor and external expert for both governmental bodies and commercial businesses. Its value relies on the complete range of legal services offered (from legal research and analysis to legal consultancy); its unique combination between academic research; expert role towards policy makers and legal consultancy to contracting authorities; strong and wide network; and involvement in a wide range of cutting-edge projects relating to e.g. new policies, new markets, new products or services, new distribution channels and new technologies. Corvers is consortium partner for the European Commission’s EAFIP initiative ( on innovation procurement.

Nicola Dimitri

Honorary Professor and Research Fellow

Nicola Dimitri is Corvers Chair in Innovation Procurement, Maastricht School of Management. He is also Professor of Economics at the University of Siena (Italy), Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IMT) Lucca (Italy) and at the Computer Science Department of Liverpool University (UK), as well as Life Member of Clare Hall College (Cambridge-UK). He was formerly Deputy Rector of the University of Siena and Chair of the Economics Department and Italian Delegate to the 7th EU Framework Research Program for the Socio-Economic Scences. He has been Fulbright Student, Chevening Scholar, NATO-CNR and Fernand Braudel Fellow (EUI). He built up twelve years of both academic and professional experience in Procurement, where he was initially involved because of his academic background in Microeconomics and Game Theory. A main experience in this area was as economic consultant of Consip, the Italian Procurement Central Purchasing entity.
He also has academic and professional experience in the economics of innovation, after having served as economic advisor for the Innovation Park “Toscana Life Sciences” in Siena, focused on incubating start-ups. As a result, he then produced several academic publications on R&D productivity in the pharmaceutical industry.

Prof. Dr. Wim Naudé

Dean / Associate Dean Research / Executive Director MEUSE-Institute / Professor of Development, Economics and Entrepreneurship

Wim Naudé is professor at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics and a Professorial Fellow at the United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). He is also Dean of Maastricht School of Management. He is an expert on entrepreneurship, innovation, development and public policy and has been advisor to a large number of global organizations including the United Nations System, World Bank, EU and various governments and corporations. He has taught at the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER), University of Oxford, Addis Ababa University, and North-West University and has been visiting fellow at Brown University, the University of Warwick and Paderborn University.

Ramona Apostol

Ramona Apostol is a doctor in law and an expert in the implementation of sustainability criteria in the procurement policy and practice of central and local government agencies as well as in the procurement of innovation and R&D. She often participates in EU funded research projects related to sustainability and innovation aspects in public procurement. She is a member of the International Group of legal experts of the Sustainable Public Procurement Initiative (SPPI) of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). She is also an independent expert of the European Commission on pre-commercial procurement.

Ana Lucia Jaramillo

Ana Lucia Jaramillo is an expert in alternative dispute resolution, and advises the public sector in innovation procurement. She has been involved in defining national and regional sustainability policies, and implemented nationwide innovative ICT solutions in Latin America. She has acted as a consultant for social projects financed by international organizations. She has 15 years of experience in mediation and arbitration cases involving the private and public sectors. She is a lecturer in Europe and the Americas. At present, she conducts research on ‘Alternative R&D’ and Value Engineering.

Cancellation policy

MSM reserves the right to postpone or cancel the program in case the number of participants does not meet the MSM requirements for minimum number of participants. Any payment made to MSM for tuition fee will be refunded. In the case of postponement or cancellation of the program MSM will inform the enrolled candidates at least six weeks before the planned start of the program.

By the participant:

If an admitted participant decides against participation after the tuition fee has been paid, cancellation costs are €200,- (administrative costs)

In case cancellation is done after the program has started no money will be refunded.

No cancellation charges are incurred if the enrolled participant, with written consent of MSM, will be replaced by another participant before the start of the course. Refunded tuition fees will only be reimbursed to the sponsoring party and cannot be forwarded or redeemed by any other party.

Participants who were not granted a visa to enter The Netherlands, can be fully reimbursed if written official documentation is provided of such visa denial.

Application deadline

22 May 2017

Admission requirements

Applicants should have the ability to function academically and professionally at Bachelor level and should have an adequate level of spoken and written English.

Reasons to follow the Innovation Procurement course

  • Know the main elements of innovation economics and the impact on growth and societal welfare of innovative solutions
  • Understand the legal principles underlying innovation procurement in the EU public sector
  • Understand the main economic incentives to successfully solicit and diff use innovative solutions
  • Be able to apply appropriate procurement procedures for pre-commercial innovation as well as for available, still not (or rarely) used, solutions
  • Be able to set up a business case to evaluate the economic consequences of procuring innovative solutions
  • Provide procurement officers with methodological as well as practical guidelines to apply in their own job activities

The economics of Innovation Procurement