TED Ambassador award
Rules of competition
What is the TED Ambassador award?
The 'TED Ambassador award' is a competition that aims to identify and reward research in the field of public procurement.
High-quality research is crucial for fostering innovation, sustainability and transparency in public procurement.
Applicants are invited to submit essays they have published in this field. The winning essays will receive prize money and will be advertised on the official website for public procurement of the EU, TED (Tenders Electronic Daily). They will also be included in an online catalogue of high-quality studies aimed at fostering knowledge sharing and innovation in public procurement, making it more efficient, greener and more transparent.
The contest is promoted by the Publications Office of the European Union under the Preparatory Action on ‘Transparency in public procurement’.
The Publications Office is the official publisher of EU law, public procurement, publications, open data and research results. It brings together data on public contracts from all EU countries and beyond and publishes them on the TED website.
TED is the online version of the 'Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union', dedicated to public procurement. It publishes 676,000 procurement notices a year, including 258,000 calls for tender, which are worth some € 670 billion. TED brings buyers and bidders together. It is the official gateway to business opportunities in the European Union, the European Economic Area and countries that are members of the Agreement on Government Procurement.
Who can participate?
The competition rules are based on Articles 206 and 207 of the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Union. The competition respects the principles of transparency and equal treatment.
The competition is open to applications from public procurement specialists worldwide.
- You can submit an article, paper or chapter of a volume. These essays must have been published online. Monographs and theses are excluded from the competition. Maximum length of the essay: 10,000 words. This includes all text. For example, the abstract, footnotes, references and all text in tables, figures and appendices.
- Language: English.
- We accept both individual and joint essays (co-authored). If you choose to submit a joint essay, please make sure that all authors agree and give their permission to enter the competition.
- Each individual author can submit only one essay.
- Your essay must have been published between 01/01/2018 and 31/12/2022 in peer-reviewed online journals or in edited volumes with an ISSN and/or ISBN.
- Essays that have not yet been published will not be accepted.
- Any submitted essay hosted in a publication of which a member of the selection panel is an 'editor' or a 'co-author' will be excluded.
- The competition is not open to staff working in the EU institutions, agencies, bodies, offices or to contractors of the Publications Office.
What are the research topics?
Topic 1: 'Transparency in public procurement'
Promoting transparency, efficiency and accountability. For example, tools to monitor transparency in public procurement; public procurement statistics in Member States about the quantity/quality of public procurement above/below the threshold; non-compliance of EU Member States with EU legislation on public procurement, etc.
Topic 2: 'Green procurement'
Analysing current gaps, future challenges and best practice. For example: current context; current policies; tools to identify and monitor green public procurement, etc.
Topic 3: 'Emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in public procurement'
Increasing efficiency, transparency, sustainability and gender equality in public procurement through AI. For example: how AI can facilitate better decisions, lower costs and increased transparency; mapping public entities that use AI technologies for procurement; integrating AI and good public procurement governance, etc.
- 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.