Services - 91067-2017

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10/03/2017    S49    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Salisbury: Research services

2017/S 049-091067

Prior information notice for contracts in the field of defence and security


Directive 2009/81/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

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

Ministry of Defence, DSTL, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Porton Down
SP4 0JQ Salisbury
United Kingdom

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities
The contracting authority/entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority/entity:
Human and Social Sciences Research Capability (HSSRC).
II.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 3: Defence services, military defence services and civil defence services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance:
II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and scope of works or nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The MOD, via the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory's (Dstl's) Defence and Security Analysis (DSA) Division is seeking to appoint a contractor to lead, manage and deliver human social and behavioural sciences research for up to seven years. The framework, known as the Human and Social Sciences Research Capability (HSSRC) will deliver agile and robust human social and behavioural sciences research by building and maintaining a supplier network with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation and collaboration to exploit skills and capabilities. This research will be used to shape current and future Defence and Security strategy, policy and capability.
The HSSRC framework covers six main technical areas:
— human performance (physical and psychological),
— humans in systems,
— training and education,
— personnel,
— understanding and influencing human behaviour and health,
— well-being and enhancing medical capabilities and systems.
A Market Interest Day for suppliers to find out more about the HSSRC requirement is being held on 04 April 2017 at the MacDonald Botley Park Hotel, Southampton. The event starts at 9:00 and ends at 16:30.
The main objectives for the day are to:
— provide an overview of the requirements for HSSRC and associated timescales,
— discuss certain aspects of the requirement with potential contractors and sub-contractors,
— offer an opportunity for Q&A,
— provide a networking opportunity.
The deadline for registration is before 17:00 Friday 24 March. To find out about the event and register to attend please follow the below link:
Potential suppliers who have any queries should contact the project team using
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 20 000 000 and 100 000 000 GBP


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures and duration of the contract
Scheduled date for start of award procedures: 1.9.2017
II.7)Additional information:
Up to seven years.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
This is just a request for information (RFI) at this stage. The requirement will be developed further following the market interest day.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
The Authority reserves the right to amend any condition related to security of information to reflect any changes in national law or government policy. If any contract documents are accompanied by instructions on safeguarding classified information (e.g. a Security Aspects Letter), the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of these instructions to reflect any changes in national law or government policy, whether in respect of the applicable protective marking scheme, specific protective markings given, the aspects to which any protective marking applies, or otherwise. The link below to the website provides information on the Government Security Classification.

Advertising Regime OJEU:- This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU),the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and

Suppliers must read through this set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this opportunity.

The information and/or documents for this opportunity are available on

You must register on this site to respond, if you are already registered you will not need to register again, simply use your existing username and password. Please note there is a password reminder link on the homepage.
Suppliers must log in, go to your Response Manager and add the following Access Code: 4MCXR9KKFR.
Please ensure you follow any instruction provided to you here.
The deadline for submitting your response(s) is detailed within this contract notice, you will also have visibility of the deadline date, once you have added the Access code via DCO as the opening and closing date is visible within the opportunity.
Please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time when responding to this opportunity prior to the closing date and time, especially if you have been asked to upload documents.

If you experience any difficulties please refer to the online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) or the User Guides or contact the MOD DCO Helpdesk by emailing or Telephone 0800 282 324.

GO Reference: GO-201738-DCB-9751809.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: