R-Cloud Framework Renewal – Ministry of Defence

R-Cloud Framework Renewal – Ministry of Defence

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, which is part of the UK Ministry of Defence, wishes to renew it’s commercial framework for Science and Technology research contracts, known as R-Cloud (Research Cloud).

United Kingdom-Salisbury: Research services

2017/S 023-040826

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2009/81/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

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

Ministry of Defence, DSTL, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Porton Down
SP4 0JQ Salisbury
United Kingdom
E-mail: dstlrcloud@dstl.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity: www.dstl.gov.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

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

I.3)Main activity

Defence

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

R-Cloud Framework Renewal.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 14: Research and development services [2] and evaluation tests
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: United Kingdom.

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information on framework agreement

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 2

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 5 000 000 and 40 000 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

Research services. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), which is part of the UK Ministry of Defence, wishes to renew it’s commercial framework for Science and Technology (S&T) research contracts, known as R-Cloud (Research Cloud). Dstl places extensive fundamental, experimental and applied research with industry and academic suppliers and wants to broaden access for this supply base, reducing the cost of trading with Dstl and enabling agile contracting. R-Cloud complements Dstl’s other contracting mechanisms and academic and industry suppliers of S&T research will be invited to pre-qualify onto it to join Dstl’s research supplier community. The ownership of any intellectual property generated will remain with the suppliers. Although this requirement is exempt from the Procurement Regulations as it is for Research activities, Dstl is advertising and competing for new participants. For existing R-Cloud suppliers further information and guidance about this renewal process will be published on the R-Cloud portal https://rcloud.dstl.gov.uk/ New suppliers interested in registering for R-Cloud should apply by e-mail to dstlrcloud@dstl.gov.uk giving their name, address and contact details and will then be contacted to be included in the renewal process.

This call relates to a series of R-Cloud frameworks covering eight Capability Areas as follows:
— Command, Control, Communication and Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR);
— Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN);
— Counter Terrorism and Security (CT&S);
— Cyber;
— Human Capability (HC);
— Integrated Survivability (IS);
— Platform Systems (PS);
— Weapons.
R-Cloud provides a low barrier to entry for potential suppliers and offers direct access to Dstl’s current and future research requirements. Academic and industrial suppliers of research are invited to pre-qualify onto the R-Cloud framework. A standard form of contract has been drawn up which details the terms and conditions for entry onto the R-Cloud framework. Acceptance of these terms and conditions is mandatory.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73110000

II.1.7)Information about subcontracting
II.1.8)Lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 5 000 000 and 40 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

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:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions to which the performance of the contract is subject, in particular with regard to security of supply and security of information:
III.1.5)Information about security clearance:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical and/or professional capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted
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
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

N/A

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

31.8.2017 – 16:00
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.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information:

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement. The Authority reserves the right to amend any condition related to security of information to reflect any changes in national law or government policy. If any contract documents are accompanied by instructions on safeguarding classified information (e.g. a Security Aspects Letter), the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of these instructions to reflect any changes in national law or government policy, whether in respect of the applicable protective marking scheme, specific protective markings given, the aspects to which any protective marking applies, or otherwise. The link below to the Gov.uk website provides information on the Government Security Classification.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-security-classifications

Advertising Regime OJEU:- This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and www.contracts.mod.uk GO Reference: GO-2017131-DCB-9496851.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Ministry of Defence, DSTL, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Salisbury
United Kingdom

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

31.1.2017

 

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