Postdoctoral Fellows Development Programme – Invitation to Quote

Postdoctoral Fellows Development Programme – Invitation to Quote

We are inviting bidders to set out an approach to deliver a pilot PDF development programme, aimed initially at a sub-set of ~30 ESRC PDFs.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI): Postdoctoral Fellows Development Programme -ITQ

UK Shared Business Services Limited

Contract summary



  • Education and training services – 80000000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

22 July 2021

Closing date

11 August 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

1 October 2021

Contract end date

29 September 2023

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open (non-OJEU)

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The final date and time for the submission of bids is Wednesday 11th August 2021 @ 11:00hrs GMT.

DO NOT apply directly to the buyer.

All tender information MUST be submitted through the Delta eSourcing Portal.
ESRC is now looking to expand and enhance the support we offer our PDFs by commissioning the design and delivery of a professional development programme. This will act as a pilot, operating over two years in the first instance and recruiting one cohort of participants per year.

We are inviting bidders to set out an approach to deliver a pilot PDF development programme, aimed initially at a sub-set of ~30 ESRC PDFs. Bidders are asked to consider how this development programme provision will offer additional opportunities beyond what would be available to a PDF within their own organisation. Bidders are encouraged to design an innovative approach to achieve the aims/objectives of the PDF development programme:
Core aims of this PDF development programme are to:

• Establish a vibrant cohort of researchers who have developed networks and peer support outside of their own discipline, institution and academia
• Develop leadership capabilities that will enhance self-awareness and equip participants to make informed career choices.
• Equip the cohort to operate in diverse workplaces and build inclusive teams
• Expose participants to real-world policy challenges and enabling researchers to apply their expertise to address and learn from them
• Build familiarity of working within complex networks and how to connect with policy stakeholders and other non-academic audiences
• Enhance participants’ research communication skills, in particular the ability to convey the importance of research to non-technical audiences and in ways that policy makers find useful and accessible
• Develop skills enabling participants to analyse the current policy landscape around issues relevant to their research
• Facilitate greater awareness of the role of ESRC, how it operates and the support mechanisms available to ECRs

Please ensure you review all attached information to ensure a full understanding of this requirement. All attachments can be found with the Document Uploads tab within the Delta eSourcing Portal.

This contract will be awarded based on the evaluation criteria as set out in the [RFI – RFQ / ITQ / RFP] document.

How to Apply

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About UK Shared Business Services

UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) brings a commercial attitude to the public sector; helping our contracting authorities to improve efficiency, generate savings and modernise.

Where UK SBS is not named as the Contracting Authority within the documentation, UK SBS will be acting as an agent on behalf of the Contracting Authority.

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How to apply


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About the buyer


Contact name

Amelia Stroud


Polaris House,North Star Avenue


01793 867005