Programme Directorate for the DFID-ESRC Growth Programme

Programme Directorate for the DFID-ESRC Growth Programme

DEGP’s purpose is to generate high quality evidence on economic growth and for that evidence to be incorporated into policy by developing countries.

UK-Didcot: research and development services and related consultancy services

2012/S 23-037679

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

RCUK Shared Services Centre Ltd.
Building R71 1.10, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, Oxfordshire
For the attention of: Jonathan Smith
OX11 0QX Didcot
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1235446394
E-mail: Jonathan.Smith@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk
Fax: +44 1235778372

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.ssc.rcuk.ac.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

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

Other: Scientific and social research and development
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

The provision of a Programme Directorate for the DFID-ESRC Growth Programme (DEGP).
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
NUTS code UK

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)

In March 2011, The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) announced a new joint programme on economic growth in developing countries: the DFID-ESRC Growth Programme (DEGP). DEGP’s purpose is to generate high quality evidence on economic growth and for that evidence to be incorporated into policy by developing countries. This procurement exercise is for proposers who would like to deliver the DEGP Directorate function. The primary objective of the Directorate will be to ensure that high quality evidence on economic growth is generated and that this is effectively disseminated and incorporated into policy dialogue, and policy making in developing countries. Key deliverables of the Directorate include providing intellectual input into the management of the programme, strong intellectual oversight, establishing an international profile for the programme and ensuring the programme attracts world class researchers (amongst other deliverables). It is anticipated that a joint/team bid will be best placed to deliver the service. Expressions of interest must be made via e-mail or telephone contact; the invitation-to-bid document will be issued by e-mail.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000, 73300000, 79420000, 79400000

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

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

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 000 000 and 2 000 000 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

Duration in months: 48 (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:

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

See RFQ/ITT document.
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

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: In common with other UK public sector bodies, RCUK Shared Services Centre Ltd. will be compliant with the Government’s transparency agenda. Please paste the link below into your browser to read the company’s transparency statement.
http://www.ssc.rcuk.ac.uk/procure/Documents/Procurement_Transparency_v1.pdf

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: See RFQ/ITT document.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: See RFQ/ITT document.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
See RFQ/ITT document.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
See RFQ/ITT document.
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: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open
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

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
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:

PS110033
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
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: 23.3.2012
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

26.3.2012
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.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Date: 26.3.2012
Place:

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory – Didcot, UK.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: RCUK SSC Ltd. procurement staff only.

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
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Michael Horgan
RCUK SSC Ltd, North Star House, North Star Avenue, Wiltshire
SN2 1FF Swindon
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: michael.horgan@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 1793867786

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Contracting Authority will notify suppliers knocked out at PQQ stage and not invited to tender why they were unsuccessful (if applicable to this procurement). The Contracting Authority will incorporate a 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the Award of the Contract is communicated to tenderers. The 10 day period will be extended to 15 days from the ‘relevant sending date’ when the ‘Alcatel’ letter is not sent electronically. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the Contracting Authority before the contract is entered into. Such additional information should be requested from the address in Section 1. The Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009 also clarify that a letter received from an unsuccessful bidder is not in itself enough to extend the legal standstill period and prevent the authority signing the contract. To do so, a bidder must actually go to Court, issue proceedings and serve them. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been succesfully resolved, the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) as amended by the Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009, provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at a risk of harm by breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). The new limitation period will apply specifically where a bidder brings an ‘ineffectiveness claim’. There is a 6 month long-stop period that will be shortened to 30 days where the authority has published an award notice, or where they have notified the losing bidders of their exclusion, and given proper reasons.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Michael Horgan
RCUK SSC Ltd, North Star House, North Star Avenue, Wiltshire
SN2 1FF Swindon
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: michael.horgan@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 1793867786

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:1.2.2012