Research Tender – Integrated Neglected Tropical Disease Control Initiatives

Research Tender – Integrated Neglected Tropical Disease Control Initiatives

Programme of Implementation Research to Inform the Effective and Sustainable Scaling-Up of Integrated Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control Initiatives.

United Kingdom-East Kilbride: Research services

2013/S 181-312697

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Abercrombie House, Eaglesham Road
G75 8EA East Kilbride

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from:
All documentation and further information can be found by registering for DFIDs supplier portal:, ,
Contact point(s):
Internet address:

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from:
Internet address:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity

General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

Section II: Object of the contract

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

Programme of Implementation Research to Inform the Effective and Sustainable Scaling-Up of Integrated Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control Initiatives.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: South Lanarkshire.
NUTS code UKM38

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

DFID (Research and Evidence Division) is seeking Service Providers (or Consortiums) to deliver approximately three substantial programmes of multi-disciplinary Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) implementation research to inform the optimal delivery and scaling-up of NTD control activities on the ground. The research is expected to focus upon the 7 diseases amenable to mass drug administration and is intended to directly contribute to the achievement of the WHO 2020 NTD control and elimination targets. Research should build upon the existing evidence base and complement other on-going research in this area, paying particular attention to knowledge gaps and areas of uncertainty or debate. The research may be conducted using a range of different quantitative and qualitative, experimental, quasi- and non-experimental methods and should be conducted directly alongside the implementation of disease control programmes on the ground. While the emphasis is on the production of robust, high-quality research, bidders will be expected to demonstrate the engagement of disease control programme staff and/or appropriate policy-makers in country. While multiple partners are likely to be involved in each programme, each bid should identify one clear lead institution responsible for delivery. The two main output areas associated with this call will be 1) increased knowledge and evidence for safe, effective, cost-effective and sustainable integrated NTD control in disease endemic countries and 2) new, generalizable knowledge communicated within and beyond those disease control programmes included in the research. In line with DFID’s Open Access policy, researchers will be expected to share data and results in the public domain. The research will be commissioned via a 2-stage open competition, with bidders first submitting pre-qualification questionnaires in early November 2013 and short-listed applicants submitting full proposals by mid February 2014. Full proposals will be internally and externally peer reviewed. Research is expected to be commissioned over a 5-year period and will include a 1-year inception phase. There is the option for an extension of a further 2 years subject to ongoing need, funding and approval. DFID has a budget of up to GBP 15M to fund these projects but reserve the right to award as few or as many as we choose, or tnot to award it all.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


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: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

We expect around 3 contracts to be awarded under this programme, with a total budget (for the programme) of approximately GBP 15m.
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: An extension of up to 24 months may be available.
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 60 (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:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

The contract will be governed by English Law. Prices are not required at PQQ stage, however,when required they must be quoted in GBP and all payments under the contract will be made in GBP. DFID reserves the right to annul the process and not award the contract. DFID does not provide advance funding, therefore, SP will berequired to pre-finance all programme activities, before claiming reimbursement from DFID in arrears. DFID will be seeking to agree output/milestone based payment plan for this contract.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Joint and Several Liability.
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
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

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

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

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 8
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 below

1. 1. Potential transformative impact of the research. Weighting 25

2. 2. Robustness of the overall research design and approach to data management. Weighting 30

3. 3. Quality of the Programme Team. Weighting 20

4. Commercial. Weighting 15

5. Value for Money. Weighting 10

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

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

8.11.2013 – 14:00
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

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

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

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, and the resulting contracts will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tenders, in line with the strategic priorities outlined in the ToR. Tender documents including draft terms of reference are available in our Supplier Portal. However, only Registered Suppliers can access these documents. Details on Supplier Portal and guidance to register can be found in: Expressions of interest should be via the DFID portal, using the PQQ guidance available. Programme staff should not be contacted directly. Following assessment of PQQ, DFID will invite shortlisted applicants to submit full technical and commercial proposals and inform applicants not short-listed that they are unsuccessful. If circumstances require further extension beyond the original contract duration/agreed extensions, DFID will consider doing so by means of the negotiated procedure where necessary conditions can be met. From 1.4.2001, all UK development assistance has been fully untied which allows suppliers from anywhere in the world to bid for DFID contracts. DFID considers this contract to fall under the Research exemption to the EU procurement directives (Part B services), therefore we are advertising through OJEU voluntarily.

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

John McGhie
Abercrombie House, Eaglesham Road
G75 8EA East Kilbride

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: