Research Consultancy Services for Queen’s University Belfast

Research Consultancy Services for Queen’s University Belfast

Northern Ireland Cohort for Longitudinal Study of Ageing. The objective is to obtain face to face interviews with 8 188 persons (at approximately 6 602 addresses).

United Kingdom-Belfast: Market research services

2016/S 099-177629

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Queen’s University Belfast
Purchasing Office, University Road
For the attention of: Jackie Glackin
BT7 1NN Belfast
Telephone: +44 2890973026
Fax: +44 2890971390

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: Queen’s University Belfast
Internet address:

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Queen’s University Belfast
Internet address:

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Queen’s University Belfast
Internet address:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity


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

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

Section II: Object of the contract


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

QUB/1525/16 Research Consultancy Services — NICOLA (Wave 2).

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

Service category No 10: Market research and public opinion polling services
NUTS code

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)

Queen’s University Belfast is seeking to appoint research consultants to undertake the following:
Northern Ireland Cohort for Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA) Wave 2 Survey:
To carry out a follow-up, Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) survey of a cohort of 8,188 subjects to obtain information in relation to the experiences of ageing together, with a range of other dimensions of lifestyle, health and socio-economic circumstances.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes


This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

NICOLA, Northern Irelands largest public health research project, led by Queens University Belfast, aims to produce a substantial improvement in the quantity and quality of data, research and information relating to older people and ageing in Northern Ireland.
Queen’s University Belfast is therefore inviting tenders from competent firms to undertake a follow up fieldwork survey in relation to the experience of ageing in Northern Ireland.
The objective is to obtain face to face interviews with 8 188 persons (at approximately 6 602 addresses) who consented to be contacted again for the second Wave of the study to answer follow up questions and provide additional information on their experience of ageing in relation to lifestyle, living standards, health and socio-economic circumstances.
Interviews will take place in participants’ own homes using Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI). The aim is to interview all consenting Wave 1 participants where possible; a cohort of 8 188 individuals conducted in a maximum of 18 months continuous field work and delivery of a final validated survey data set.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 800 000 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

Duration in months: 18 (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:

The University reserves the right to require a bankers guarantee.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Please refer to tender documentation.
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
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

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: The minimum annual turnover requirement is 1 000 000 GBP per annum. Failure to demonstrate this minimum turnover requirement is satisfied will result in exclusion from the procurement process.
Applicants must also demonstrate appropriate financial status by completing a Financial Appraisal Model.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
In accordance with Regulation 58 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and as set out in the Minimum Standards.
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: yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

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

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:


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


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: 16.6.2016
Payable documents: no

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

23.6.2016 – 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


IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 120 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: 3 years.

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

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: This authority will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to Tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.
The Public Contract Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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