Digital Services – DSTL R-Cloud Web Application

Digital Services – DSTL R-Cloud Web Application

Dstl would like to establish a contracting arrangement (marketplace) that provides the ability for controlled access across a pre-qualified industry and academic supplier base through a web based research contracting application known as the R-Cloud (Research-Cloud).

RM1043 Digital Services – DSTL R-Cloud Web Application

Reference number:RM1043 DS01-061

Deadline date:17/09/2014

This deadline is for…Transparency purposes only. This is a Call-Off from an established framework, RM1043 Digital Services, and no additional tenders will be accepted.

Contract value:£0 – £0

Location where the contract is to be carried out:United Kingdom

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers?Yes

Name of the buying organisation:Crown Commercial Service on behalf of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

Description of the contract

Dstl on behalf of MoD place a significant amount of fundamental, experimental and applied research contracts with various industry and academic suppliers. The placement of these contracts currently requires a large amount of manual effort and overhead to advertise requirements, manage tenders, compete and finally award a contract. It is believed that this limits access to Subject Matter Experts and academia which are key to innovation and value for money in procuring research. As such, Dstl would like to establish a contracting arrangement (marketplace) that provides the ability for controlled access across a pre-qualified industry and academic supplier base through a web based research contracting application known as the R-Cloud (Research-Cloud); the overall aim being to expedite the end-to-end placement of research contracts. Dstl has no current digital service that meets this requirement and seeks to implement a simple yet intuitive web application to provide the required commercial functionality and operation of the marketplace. Hosting of the application and associated data will be external to Dstl and thus required encrypted connections for internal and external users. Access will be via existing IT infrastructure used by Dstl and its commercial supplier base. The web application must be capable of supporting Official-Sensitive material, and offer a secure and resilient solution. An important point to note is that R-Cloud will be used to manage workflow, control contracting decision gates, streamlining tendering and contract award through a web based portal. It is not a full end to end e-procurement system. The key objectives for the web-application are: • Operation of a digital commercial marketplace for the procurement of research and workflow management (noting that an established ‘manual’ methodology currently exists) • GDS compliant with an intuitive .GOV.UK look and feel • Official-Sensitive Security Compliance • Controlled access for internal and external users • Ability to buy or supply research • A process and method for pre-qualifying industry suppliers onto R-Cloud • A means of advertising S&T research requirements across 9 key capability areas or Lots • An automated means of inviting suppliers to tender against a research requirement • Access to standard templates and bid material • A vehicle for linking research requirements to supplier capabilities via a known taxonomy • A dynamic marketplace that provides a faster route to market through the use of modern digital services

 

Classification of the contract

72000000IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

Additional information

Contract type:Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement?Yes

Framework agreement details:contract being called off a framework agreement

Is this contract related to a programme of funding?No

Contract will be awarded based on:Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract:8 Months

 

Who to contact

Contact nameDSF Managed Service Team

Organisation nameCrown Commercial Service

Address9th Floor The Capital, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9PP

Telephone03454102222

Extension number:

Fax

How to apply

This is a Call-Off RFP from an established framework – RM1043 Digital Services – and has been published for transparency purposes only. This RFP is open only to suppliers specifically invited via the Crown Commercial Service eSourcing Suite and no additional tenders will be accepted.

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