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United Kingdom-London: Research services
Contract award notice
Results of the procurement procedure
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
CR20116 — Energy and Climate Change Behavioural Science Framework
UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) on behalf of The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), wishes to establish a framework for the provision of energy and climate change behavioural science services.
UK SBS is managing this procurement process in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended) (the ‘Regulations’).
The duration of this framework will be 26 months (from award till the 31 March 2023).
It is intended that there will be 3 suppliers awarded to this framework. These awarded suppliers will be ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd based of the scores awarded from this completion of this procurement.
See Section I.3 for access to procurement documentation.
UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) will be using the Delta eSourcing Portal for this procurement. To register on the Delta eSourcing portal please use the link https://uksbs.delta-esourcing.com and follow the instructions to register.
Access code: 24349H7BJW
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UK SBS is managing this procurement process in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as may be amended from time to time) (the ‘Regulations’).
This RFP sets out details of the contract and expectations of any successful supplier.
Behavioural science provides vital insight regarding the responses of citizens, consumers, businesses, and other groups to government policies. Many energy and climate change policies particularly require, and indeed encourage, individuals to change their behaviour in response to incentives, regulation, and other measures — behavioural insights can help to maximise the impacts of these.
Insights from behavioural science are important to ensure that proposed policies, market incentives, and other interventions will elicit the desired response from consumers and businesses. In addition, advice from behavioural scientists could help to improve policy development and maximise the effectiveness of policy interventions.
At present, the pace of policy work in a number of energy and climate change teams is rapid, particularly in light of the context of the economic recovery from Covid-19, in which BEIS is rapidly developing policies to stimulate clean growth to aid this recovery. There are also a number of policy areas related to net zero and fuel poverty that are of high priority for BEIS (e.g. heat, energy efficiency policies, smart technologies) and rely upon behavioural change – indeed, the Committee on Climate Change estimate that over 60 % of the emissions reduction required to reach net zero will need some form of behaviour change. One key challenge
(especially within the current context) is ensuring behavioural science insights are taken into account at the right point within the policy development process. A Framework with fast paced call-off contract awards will enable behavioural science evidence to be gathered and disseminated rapidly, maximising impact on policy development. There are also a number of ad hoc behavioural evidence needs that can emerge at short notice.
In addition, many opportunities to apply behavioural science expertise (e.g. applying behavioural science techniques to interrogate and improve policy proposals) are also for smaller behavioural science tasks which do not warrant the disproportionate amount of time/resources taken to procure them. This framework is Intended to enable BEIS to gain behavioural science insight within an appropriate timeframe to feed into policy development, while minimising the resources required to commission this work.
Overall, we anticipate this contract will lead to greater utilisation of behavioural science insight within the development of energy and climate policy, helping to improve their effectiveness and uptake by the public and businesses.
Section IV: Procedure
Section V: Award of contract
Section VI: Complementary information
The sourcing documents can be accessed at: www.delta-esourcing.com. Access Code is: 24349H7BJW
Do not apply directly to buyer
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.
All submissions will be assessed in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, for procurement values that exceed Regulation 5 (Threshold amounts).
Responses must be received by the date in the tender documentation; responses received outside of the deadline or not sent via the Delta eSourcing portal will not be accepted or considered further for this opportunity.
As a user of the Delta eSourcing Portal you will have access to the Delta messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific tender event. Please note it is your responsibility to access these messages on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information applicable to this opportunity.
The contracting authority expressly reserves the right:
(i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and
(ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the procurement; and in no circumstances will the contracting authority be liable for any costs incurred by any supplier. If the contracting authority decides to enter into a contract with the successful supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of bidders.
UK Shared Business Services Ltd wishes to establish an agreement for use by the following UK public sector bodies (and any future successors to these organisations) UK Research and Innovation UK Shared Business Services Ltd are able to accept unstructured electronic invoicing.
The sourcing documents can be accessed using the instructions detailed in I.3
Closing date and time for Bidder to request RFP documents: 4 January 2021 at 10.00 BST.
Closing date and time for Bidder to submit their response (‘the deadline’): 4 January 2021 at 11.00 BST.
This contract has not been sub-divided into lots as there is only one delivery locations and therefore lots are not appropriate.