How to Find Public EU Tenders

This article is a guide for Independent Software Vendors, but the principles can be used by any vertical.



Way too many companies are unaware of the waste amount of public tenders issued in the EU on a daily basis. This not only leads to monopoly and national protectionism but also to lost opportunities for all parties.

There are many aspects of participating in public tenders, but a starting point is to know how to find and subscribe to the public notifications.

As a courtesy to Resiport users, we provide this quick guide to get you started.

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TED – Tender Electronic Daily

TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) is the online version of the ‘Supplement to the Official Journal’ of the EU, dedicated to European public procurement.

TED publishes 460.000 procurement notices a year, including 175.000 calls for tenders which are worth approximately €420.000.000.000. Every day, from Tuesday to Saturday, a further 1,700 public procurement notices are published on TED.

You can browse, search, sort and subscribe via RSS or e-mail to procurement notices by country, region, business sector and more.

Information about every procurement document is published in the 24 official EU languages. All notices from the EU’s institutions are published in full in these languages.


Be aware of the protectionism introduced by tenders issued only in minor native languages


The TED Advanced Search Engine

A good starting point to get instant information about tender notices is via the TED advanced search engine.

TED Advanced Search Engine


As you can see from the above UI there is a wealth of filters you can use in order to find exactly the notices you care about.


Getting started

Type of document

In this guide, our scope is to find new tenders. Use following document types as a filter:

  • Call for expressions of interest
  • Design contest
  • Periodic indicative notice with call for competition
  • Qualification system with call for competition
  • Request for proposals
  • Prior information notice with call for competition

or, as applicable.


Common Procurement Vocabulary Code

The CPV codes are specific to products and services. For ISVs following codes can be considered:

  • Computer and Related Services
    • 48000000 – Software package and information systems
    • 72000000 – IT services: consulting, software development, Internet, and support
  • Defence and security
    • 72231000 – Development of software for military applications
    • 73410000 – Military research and technology
    • 73430000 – Test and evaluation
  • Research and Development
    • 73000000 – Research and development services and related consultancy services
  • Technology and Equipment
    • 48000000 – Software package and information systems

Select categories and subcategories as applicable to your field of expertise.


Publication date range

Use the from/to date range to reduce the number of hits to include only the latest notices, e.g. 01/10/2017 to present date


Other filters and extended search

As can be seen from the above screenshot of the TED advanced search engine there exist many other filters that can be applied and an extended search engine. Learn as you go, but always remember that you limit a search by each filter you add to a relational database search.


TED Search example

Used filters

TED search filter example







Search results

TED search results

TED search results





Search is just a small part of a tender process

True, we just got you started, but hopefully, you got inspired to investigate further on your own.

You can refine the above search as needed, save your search and even subscribe to notifications via RSS or e-mail so that you will never miss an opportunity again.


Automatic IT Project tender notifications via Resiport

As a service to the Resiport community, we have established a Linkedin Group where we inform about all tenders requesting software development services. Via the group settings you are in full control about when you receive notifications (instant, daily, weekly) and how (Linkedin notification and/or by e-mail) – Join us.

We wish you good luck.