Confocal Microscope Requirement

Confocal Microscope Requirement

The University of Portsmouth’s Science Faculty has a requirement for a state-of-the-art Scanning Confocal Microscope.

United Kingdom-Portsmouth: Fluorescent microscopes

2016/S 151-274062

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

University of Portsmouth
Winston Churchill Avenue
Contact point(s):
For the attention of: Sarah McGrady
PO1 2UP Portsmouth
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2392843173

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


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:

16/SJM/60 — Confocal Microscope.

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


NUTS code UKJ31

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)

16/SJM/060: Confocal Microscope:
The University of Portsmouth’s Science Faculty has a requirement for a state-of-the-art Scanning Confocal Microscope to build on its existing infrastructure in imaging suites in order to advance their work in neuroscience (receptor and channel, adhesion molecules studies), molecular medicine (muscular dystrophy), development (various experimental models), oncology, microbiology and other areas of biomedical and environmental sciences. The microscope will be used in a multi-user environment. Hence, essential requirements are: (i) ease of sample preparation; (ii) a self-diagnosis system that allows each user to verify the performance of the instrument to ensure that it is performing at factory specification; (iii) smart set-up function, which helps less-experienced users to set-up appropriate dye configuration for their samples; (iv) cross compatibility with existing microscope equipment is essential.
Most of the specimens will have low level of fluorescence. Therefore, the scanner has to be optimised for maximum sensitivity and detection (it is therefore highly desirable that the scanners operate with a linear regime with equal pixel dwell across the whole field of view), with minimum background at low light level conditions, and able to eliminate reflection at low light levels and from specimens on reflective substrates (OD 7).
A central requirement for the instrument is the ability to render images which approximate super-resolution without: 1) any additional requirements for sample preparation beyond standard immunohistochemical steps and; 2) any significant imaging processing after acquisition of raw images. In addition, it is essential that the equipment is capable of imaging multiple fluorophores in a single specimen simultaneously (capable of simultaneous spectral imaging, online unmixing of spectrally close dyes, spectral detection range freely selectable) with individual, adjustable digital gains for a range of lasers and pinholes.

To Express an Interest in this project please register on the University of Portsmouth In-Tend web-page and express an interest in this project. Please find the web-link for our web-page below:

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

38515200, 38515100

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no


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:
II.2.2)Information about options
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
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
III.2.3)Technical 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

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: 4.9.2016
Payable documents: no

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

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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

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
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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