Research Contract – UK National Broadband Scheme with State Aid Rules

Research Contract – UK National Broadband Scheme with State Aid Rules

The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) would like to commission a suitably qualified contractor or consortium of contractors (independent of Government) to undertake an evaluation of the UK’s broadband State aid measure.

The UK’s National Broadband Scheme – Evaluation of the UK’s State aid measure

Reference number:100537

Deadline date:24/10/2014

This deadline is for…submission of a full proposal is 5pm on 24 October 2014

Contract value:£50,000 – £80,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out:United Kingdom

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers?Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations?Yes

Name of the buying organisation:Department for Culture Media and Sport

Description of the contract

The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) would like to commission a suitably qualified contractor or consortium of contractors (independent of Government) to undertake an evaluation of the UK’s broadband State aid measure. This research project should gather the evidence necessary to carry out an assessment of: 1. the compliance of the implementation of the UK National Broadband Scheme with State aid rules, as set out in the Commission Decision of 20 November 2012 approving case SA.33671 -2012/N National Broadband scheme for the UK – Broadband Delivery UK (“the Decision”) and the EU Guidelines for the application of state aid rules in relation to the rapid deployment of broadband networks (“the Broadband Guidelines”) . 2. whether and to what extent the original objectives of the National Broadband Scheme have been fulfilled (i.e. assessing the positive effects) and the impact of the scheme on markets and competition (i.e. possible negative effects), in line with the provisions of the Decision, the Broadband Guidelines and the EU Commission recommendations regarding State aid evaluation, as reflected in the Commission Staff Working Paper on a common methodology for State aid evaluation (“the State aid Evaluation Methodology”) . The research project titled, ‘The UK’s National Broadband Scheme – Evaluation of the UK’s State aid measure’ will provide the UK with a report setting out this evidence and this will be used to support the re-notification of the scheme for State aid clearance. The research project should focus on fact-finding, quantitative evidence, result indicators. The research project should follow an ex-post approach (evaluation of the National Broadband Scheme as implemented to date), not an ex-ante approach (evaluation of the re-notification of the National Broadband Scheme for the future)

 

Classification of the contract

73110000Research services

Additional information

Contract type:Services – 27

Is it a framework agreement?No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding?No

Contract will be awarded based on:Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract:3 Months

Who to contact

Contact nameMarvin Luttrell

Organisation nameDepartment for Culture Media and Sport

AddressDCMS, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ

Telephone0207 211 2175

Extension number:

Fax

Web addresswww.culture.gov.uk

How to apply

These instructions are designed to ensure that all tenderers are given equal and fair consideration. It is important therefore that you provide all the information asked for in the format and order specified. All question or requests for clarification by Tenderers should be submitted via procurement-bduk@culture.gsi.gov.uk Deadline for full proposals should be submitted by 5pm on 24 October 2014