UK Research and Innovation Training Services – Request For Information

UK Research and Innovation Training Services – Request For Information

UKRI require provision of core personal skills training in a range of topics. Building Resilience. Facilitation Skills. Influencing and Negotiation Skills.

UK Research and Innovation Learning and Development Training Provision

UK Shared Business Services Limited

Contract summary



  • Training services – 80500000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Procurement reference


Published date

22 April 2021

Closing date

11 May 2021

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About UK Research and Innovation (UKRI):
Operating across the whole of the UK and with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation represents the largest reform of the research and innovation funding landscape in the last 50 years.

UK Research and Innovation requires provision of core personal and management development skills training in a range of topics, to be delivered to internal academic and non-academic staff across all seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

As an independent non-departmental public body UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) plus Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.

UK Research and Innovation ensures the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. This is done by creating the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

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About the requirement:

UKRI require provision of core personal skills training in a range of topics. Examples of some of the most popular/core courses that will be required as part of the core training provision are as follows:

• Building Resilience
• Facilitation Skills
• Influencing and Negotiation Skills
• Introduction to People Management
• Minute Writing
• Panel Interviewing
• Performance Management
• Presentation Skills
• Setting SMART Objectives
• Time Management

For further details of the requirement please refer to the attached Request for Information document. UKRI would like to actively engage with industry practitioners and experts to ensure this agreement delivers an effective commercial partnership and therefore your feedback prior to moving forward to tender launch is extremely valuable.

UKRI would appreciate it if you could take some time to review the outline requirement and answer the questions contained within the RFI document (see link to Contracts Finder within this notice) and return this to by 16:00 on Tuesday 11th May 2021.

Your feedback and responses to the following areas to help inform UKRI’s tender development and help us understand the current industry perspective.

This is a non-competitive request and further information will follow about the tender opportunity and timeline.

UKRI would like to take the opportunity to thank you for submitting your interest in this opportunity and very much look forward to any responses you are able to share. If there are any additional questions please do communicate these to UK SBS by emailing and a member of the team will be happy to assist.


More information


Additional text
Please refer to the attached RFI document to gain access to the full RFI information and details of information requested as part of your response. Please also refer to the attached link to review the Prior Information Notice posted on Find a Tender.

The publication of this RFI document in no way commits the Contracting Authority to award any contract.

The Contracting Authority will not reimburse any costs incurred in connection with the preparation and / or submission of the supplier RFI response.

UKRI reserves the right to cancel all or part of this RFI at any stage and at any time.


How to apply


Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.


About the buyer


Contact name

Sophie Mumford


Polaris House, North Star Avenue


01793 867005