Innovative Procurement

Innovating with Procurement: Solving Market Failures & Creating Industries

Tackling the greatest national challenges facing the United States requires a redoubled commitment to innovation. The United States put astronauts on the moon, split the atom, built the Internet, and sequenced the human genome. But progress has stagnated — and will continue to stagnate if we do not diversify our national approach to innovation. We must not only make investments in emerging technologies, but also experiment with new ways of solving problems.
Learn more about how government agencies can innovate with procurement to construct “marketplaces of outcomes” below.

Procurement Primer

“Market-shaping mechanisms (MSMs), also known as “demand pull” mechanisms, are excellent tools for catalyzing solutions-oriented innovation.

Read our MSMs primer to learn more and see several examples and forward-looking use-cases to create a “marketplace of outcomes”.

Talent Support

 Looking for knowledgable, creative procurement talent? Want to learn more about flexible hiring mechanisms?


FAS' Day One Talent Hub works to identify, match, and deploy technical talent into federal agencies to tackle pressing priorities. 


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Procurement as an Instrument of Policy

Check out our recent event where we discussed how new approaches to procuring climate solutions technologies might solve pressing market failures

Innovative Procurement Proposals

The Day One Project engages a diverse community of scientists, technologists, academics, advocates, and industry leaders to think strategically about a vast range of challenges and opportunities in science, technology, and innovation policy. Below, we've collected a set of actionable ideas to advance the industrial policy agenda. 

An Open Call for New Ideas

Have thoughts on how to improve government effectiveness through the use of evidence and data? We're always looking for new ideas to expand our policy portfolio.