Tender for Human and Social Sciences Research Capability

Tender for Human and Social Sciences Research Capability

The Ministry of Defence, via the Dstl Defence and Security Analysis Division, is seeking to appoint a Prime Contractor to lead, manage and deliver research into human capabilities. 

United Kingdom-Porton Down: Research and Development services on security and defence materials

2018/S 048-106845

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 & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Building 5, G02, i-SAT F
Contact point(s): Irfon Thomas
SP4 0JQ Porton Down
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1980951340
E-mail: DstlHSSRC@dstl.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/defence-science-and-technology-laboratory

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: yes

Home Office
2 Marsham Street
SW1P 4DF London
United Kingdom

Department for Education
Piccadilly Gate, Store Street
M1 2WD Manchester
United Kingdom

Department for Transport
Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road
SW1P 4DR London
United Kingdom

Department for International Trade
King Charles Street, Whitehall
SW1A 2AH London
United Kingdom

Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
SW1H 9AJ London
United Kingdom

Department for Work and Pensions
Caxton House, Tothill Street
SW1H 9NA London
United Kingdom

College of Policing
Leamington Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore
CV8 3EN Coventry
United Kingdom

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

Human and Social Sciences Research Capability (HSSRC)

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

Services
Service category No 3: Defence services, military defence services and civil defence services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Southern.

NUTS code IE05

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: 7
Justification for a framework agreement, the duration of which exceeds seven years:

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

Estimated value excluding VAT: 122 400 000 GBP

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

Research and Development services on security and defence materials. Training services in defence and security materials. Defence services. The Ministry of Defence (MoD), via the Dstl Defence and Security Analysis (DSA) Division, is seeking to appoint a Prime Contractor to lead, manage and deliver research into human capabilities. The appointed Contractor will be responsible for delivering agile, and cutting-edge human, social and behavioural sciences research, building and maintaining a robust supplier network, with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation, and collaboration to exploit research, skills and capabilities. They will develop effective partnerships to deliver innovative and novel solutions to address current and future problems with responsibility for ensuring programme integration, coherence and exploitation.
The key capability research areas are:
— personnel,
— training and education,
— humans in systems,
— human performance,
— understanding and influencing human behaviour,
— health, well-being and enhancing medical systems and capabilities.
In addition to Dstl and the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the framework will be available to the following government departments:
Department for education, department for international trade, department for transport, ministry of justice, home office, college of policing, department of work and pensions.
The selection criteria in the PQQ contains both pass /fail questions and scored questions. Should a potential provider record a fail against any of the pass /fail questions they will automatically be deemed non-compliant. The scored questions shall be weighted and evaluated against the scoring criteria as detailed in section 6 of the PQQ. The maximum number of potential providers that will be taken through to the ITT stage is six. In the event that there are more than 6 compliant potential providers the weighted scores shall be used to down select the 6 highest.

The information and /or documents for this opportunity are available on http://www.contracts.mod.uk You must register on this site to respond, if you are already registered you will not need to register again, simply use your existing username and password. Please note there is a password reminder link on the homepage. Suppliers must log in, go to your response manager and add the following access code: 4MCXR9KKFR.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

734000008060000075220000

II.1.7)Information about subcontracting

The tenderer has to indicate any change occurring at the level of subcontractors during the execution of the contract
The contracting authority/entity may oblige the successful tenderer to award all or certain subcontracts through the procedure set out in Title III of Directive 2009/81/EC

II.1.8)Lots

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:

This Competition is to appoint a Prime Contractor to deliver a mechanism which will:
1— manage the delivery of cutting edge, world-leading, innovative human capability research, to address both future focused, longer term requirements, and nearer term more applied requirements,
2— adopt processes /an approach that will enable agile, timely and flexible responses to human capability research needs across several technical disciplines. This is to include rapid response to emerging and urgent operational and surge requirements when required,
3— access and engage a diverse and vibrant external supplier network for human, social and behavioural sciences, nationally and internationally. Including refreshing, scaling, growing and reconfiguring the supply base throughout the contract lifespan as required. Provide information regarding the external human, social and behavioural sciences capability within industry and academia to support Dstl in its capability stewardship role,
4— enable a collaborative and inter- /multi-disciplinary approach to task delivery where appropriate and building links between industry, SMEs and academia and facilitating effective partnerships,
5— act proactively to identify and capitalise on connections /links across tasks in this contract and others, as appropriate, to support coherence.
6— provide a robust and proportionate technical and quality assurance mechanism as part of a wider assurance model. This should include the option to invite independent external review of S&T outputs where appropriate,
7— enable the inward and outward exchange /sharing of staff between Dstl and supplier organisations, including the ability to work as a combined team where required in order to a) build and sustain capability b) enable delivery of S&T tasks,
8— support suppliers to take part in international research collaboration as panel /group representatives and /or as part of a research activity, with MOD/Dstl agreement,
9— provide an open, transparent, fair and flexible mechanism for selecting the supplier(s) to deliver research,
10— maximise the accessibility, exploitation potential and impact of the S&T it delivers, including enabling S&T exploitation support activities,
11— follow a thorough and transparent approach to knowledge and information management,
12— provide human, behavioural, and social sciences service(s) when required (such as running of “sandpits”, workshops, focus groups, upgrading databases and models, conducting independent reviews, running trials),
13— facilitate the sharing and use of Supplier and/or MoD/OGD research facilities within commercial parameters,
14— develop opportunities to build and sustain human, social and behavioural sciences capability (e.g. communities of practice),
15— provide regular technical reviews to ensure technical quality, innovation, exploitation and supply chain capacity /capability,
Technical requirement.
The prime contractor is to provide coherent, high quality, cutting-edge research, specialist technical advice, services, and advanced development relating to human capability in a number of inter-linked technical areas which includes those listed below.
Personnel – S&T to provide evidence to shape and underpin novel interventions and approaches to support delivery of a sufficient, capable, motivated and cost-efficient workforce and address future workforce challenges and opportunities.
Training and education – S&T to explore, develop and test approaches to ensure that the whole force is invested with the right knowledge, skills and experience throughout their careers to succeed on operations and wider departmental business now and in the future. Achieved through provision of evidence to underpin effective, efficient and future-proofed learning analysis, design, delivery and assurance. Optimising training systems development to reduce cost and improve capability.
Humans in systems – S&T to support integration of people, technology and organisations to support the design, development, operation and defence of effective and efficient defence and security systems. This spans the full range of socio-technical systems in the four environments (Air, Land, Maritime, Space) across the physical, information (including cyber) and social domains.
Human Performance – S&T to optimise human cognitive and physical performance in the defence and security environment, at the individual, team and organisational levels. Includes a focus on individual protection and injury prevention, and cognitive agility.
Understanding and influencing human behaviour – S&T to inform and enable overt, legal and proportionate:
i— information activities and outreach, defence engagement and strategic communications as the non-kinetic components of military full spectrum effects, and
ii— communications and messaging of UK domestic and Defence internal audiences that promote the attraction, health, welfare and resilience of our People (military and civilian).
Includes develop the testing, refinement and validation of workable concepts, tools, techniques and methods to enable analysis of audiences to inform planning of appropriate activities, synchronised delivery of these activities measurement of their effectiveness.
Health, well-being and enhancing medical systems and capabilities – S&T to provide evidence to: develop strategies and interventions to maintain and improve psychological and physical health (operational and occupational); optimise performance to prevent or mitigate injury on military duties; design and integrate innovative systems to enhance military medical responses in theatres of operation or deployment.
Inter /multi-disciplinary working across as well as within technical boundaries is required to address some requirements. The technical scope listed above is indicative and technical areas may be amended throughout the life of the contract, within the scope of human capability S&T.
The main focus of this framework is on human, social and behavioural sciences; however, it may be necessary to draw upon a wider range of disciplines and capabilities to address some of the research requirements. For example, bringing together human scientists and technologists.
Duration: The total term for this framework will be 7 years. This will consist of an initial 4 years term with options for a further 3 years made up of a 2 years option and a 1 year option.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 122 400 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The options shall total 3 years: a 2 years option and a 1 year option. Following the end of the initial 4 years term the authority shall make a value for money assessment on the contract before deciding on which option, if any, it wishes to exercise.

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
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:

Upon receipt of the potential providers financial data requested in Section 4. Part 1: Form D of the PQQ the authority shall evaluate the potential providers financial position. If the authority has any reservations on the economic and financial standing of the provider it shall:
a— allow the potential provider to demonstrate it has the necessary financial capacity to deliver the contract by other means such as a deed of guarantee from its bank or insurance company or, if appropriate, its parent company, and
b— take into account all aspects of the potential providers financial status, e.g. turnover, profit, net assets, liquidity, gearing and capacity and may use an independent financial assessment from a reputable credit rating organisation as part of this process.
If the potential provider cannot demonstrate to the authority that it has the appropriate economic and financial standing to provide the service they will automatically be deemed non-compliant.

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

Payment shall follow the delivery and acceptance of the goods or services.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

If a group of economic operators submits a bid, the group must nominate a lead supplier to contract with the authority or form a single legal entity before entering into the contract.

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:

The cyber risk assessment has been carried out and the result was Very Low. The reference number is RAR-RQ455PF7-HSSRC.
Requirements placed under this framework will be up to Secret.
The successful contractor will be required to have appropriate facility security clearance provisions in place by the time of contract award.
The authority reserves the right to amend any condition related to security of information to reflect any changes in national law and government policy. If any contract documents are accompanied by a security aspects letter, the authority reserves the right to amend the terms of the security aspects letter to reflect any changes in national law and government policy.
This requirement is currently being carried out by industry and as such TUPE may apply.

III.1.5)Information about security clearance:

Candidates which do not yet hold security clearance may obtain such clearance until: 29.9.2018
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation

Criteria regarding the personal situation of economic operators (that may lead to their exclusion) including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The authority will apply all the offences listed in Article 39(1) of Directive 2009/81/EC (implemented as Regulation 23(1) of the Defence and Security Public Contract Regulations (DSPCR) 2011 in the UK) and all of the professional misconducts listed at Article 39(2) of Directive 2009/81/EC (see also Regulation 23(2) in the DSPCR 2011) to the decision of whether a candidate is eligible to be invited to tender.

A full list of the Regulation 23(1) and 23(2) criteria are at http://www.contracts.mod.uk/delta/project/reasonsForExclusion.html#dspr

Candidates will be required to sign a declaration confirming whether they do or do not have any of the listed criteria as part of the pre-qualification process.
Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 39(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest (including defence and security factors) for doing so.
Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 39(2) may be excluded from being selected to bid at the discretion of the authority.
The assessment criteria and scoring guide is defined within the PQQ, The assessment criteria will be used to select a maximum of six suppliers to be invited to tender.

Criteria regarding the personal situation of subcontractors (that may lead to their rejection) including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please see PQQ and attached evaluation criteria.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Criteria regarding the economic and financial standing of economic operators (that may lead to their exclusion)

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please see PQQ and attached evaluation criteria.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Please see PQQ and attached evaluation criteria.

Criteria regarding the economic and financial standing of subcontractors (that may lead to their rejection)

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please see PQQ and attached evaluation criteria.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Please see PQQ and attached evaluation criteria.

III.2.3)Technical and/or professional capacity

Criteria regarding the technical and/or professional ability of economic operators (that may lead to their exclusion)

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Please see PQQ and attached evaluation criteria.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required
Please see PQQ and attached evaluation criteria.

Criteria regarding the technical and/or professional ability of subcontractors (that may lead to their rejection)

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Please see PQQ and attached evaluation criteria.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required
Please see PQQ and attached evaluation criteria.

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

Restricted

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 3 and maximum number 6

Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The selection criteria is detailed in the PQQ and evaluation criteria which can be found at www.contracts.mod.uk You will need to register on this site in order to respond. If you have already registered previously you will not need to register again. There is no cost to register.

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 has been used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

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

R1000119115

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

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2017/S 049-091067 of 10.3.2017

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

9.4.2018 – 12:00
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

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:

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-201837-DCB-12027705

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Ministry of Defence, DSTL, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
SP4 0JQ Porton
United Kingdom

Body responsible for mediation procedures

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

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

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

Ministry of Defence, DSTL, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
SP4 0JQ Porton
United Kingdom

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

7.3.2018

 

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