External Champion for the RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme

External Champion for the RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme

Facilitating and supporting high-quality, interdisciplinary research and training that are problem-based.
Co-design, co-production and co-delivery of research and linking research base expertise with end users.
Co-operation in future strategy development with users so that activities are aligned with shared goals.

UK-Swindon: design and execution of research and development

2012/S 236-388943

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

RCUK Shared Services Centre Ltd
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Wiltshire
SN2 1ET Swindon
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1793867883
E-mail: angela.lyon@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Other: Scientific Research & Development
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1ET Swindon, Wiltshire
UNITED KINGDOM

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
External Champion for the RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
NUTS code UK
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
1. The RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme is one of six RCUK priority themes and brings together the activities of all seven UK Research Councils to enable more effective co-ordination across RCUK and other stakeholders to maximise the impact of the activities that are funded through:
Facilitating and supporting high-quality, interdisciplinary research and training that are problem-based.
Co-design, co-production and co-delivery of research and linking research base expertise with end users.
Co-operation in future strategy development with users so that activities are aligned with shared goals.
Shared horizon-scanning activities to identify and respond to emerging challenges and priorities.
Engaging with the public and other users to ensure research is addressing relevant questions and issues.
The Programme runs from 2008 to 2018 and currently supports a 180 000 000 GBP – British Pound portfolio of research and activities. ESRC is leading the programme on behalf of RCUK. The Programme brings together the activities of the seven UK Research Councils in response to global security challenges, examining the causes of insecurity and how security risks and threats can be predicted, prevented and managed.
2. The Programme focuses on six core areas: ideologies and beliefs terrorism transnational organised crime cybersecurity threats to infrastructures proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) weapons and technologies.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73300000, 73200000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
This contract is for an initial one year with the option to extend by 2 further 1 year periods.
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Lead contractor with joint and several liability.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: See tender document.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: See tender document.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
See tender document.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
See tender document.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
PS120069
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 24.1.2013 – 11:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
25.1.2013 – 11:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 25.1.2013 – 11:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: SSC Procurement Staff only.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Michael Horgan
RCUK Shared Services Centre Ltd, North Star House
SN2 1FF Swindon
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: michael.horgan@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 1793867786

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Contracting Authority will incorporate a 10 calendar day stand still period at the point information on the Award of the Contract is communicated to tenderers. The 10 day period will be extended to 15 days from the ‘relevant sending date’ when the ‘Alcatel’ letter is not sent electronically. This period allows unsuccessful tenders to seek further debriefing from the Contracting Authority before the contract is entered into. Such additional information should be requested from the address in Section 1. The Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009 also clarify that a letter received from an unsuccessful bidder is not in itself enough to extend the legal standstill period and prevent the authority signing the contract. To do so, a bidder must actually go to court, issue proceedings, and serve them. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) as amended by the Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009, provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at a risk of harm by breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England Wales and Northern Ireland). The new limitation period will apply specifically where a bidder brings an ‘ineffectiveness claim’. There is a 6-month long-stop period that will be shortened to 30 days where the authority has published an award notice, or where they have notified the losing bidders of their exclusion, and given proper reasons.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Michael Horgan
RCUK Shared Services Centre Ltd, North Star House
SN2 1FF Swindon
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: michael.horgan@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 1793867786

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:5.12.2012

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