Services - 306954-2016

03/09/2016    S170    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Reading: Research and development services and related consultancy services

2016/S 170-306954

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Shinfield Park
RG2 9AX Reading
United Kingdom

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from: European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Shinfield Park
RG2 9AX Reading
United Kingdom
Internet address:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.3)Main activity
Other: meteorological services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Copernicus C3S_521 SIS EQC Framework.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services
On Contractor's premises.
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: yes
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
ECMWF as the Entrusted Entity for the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) will invite tenders for the development of a framework for the Evaluation and Quality Control function (EQC) of the Sectoral Information Systems developed as part of the Copernicus Climate Change Service.
The framework will identify the methodologies to assess the quality of both technical and delivery components of the services developed by the SIS projects including their value to users.
The EQC function will be the natural vehicle that will trigger actions to improve the Service. The framework will dictate which parameter each SIS project will need to monitor and record to ensure a proper evaluation.
Starting from the experience acquired by the SIS POCs currently under development, the EQC framework will identify activities and performance indicators that are needed to monitor the technical service performance as well as the scientific quality of the products. It is expected that the contract would draw upon the outcomes of FP7 and H2020 research projects.
The successful bidder will design the routines and the reporting procedures that each SIS team will have to follow to inform ECMWF, the European Commission, and the users themselves about the quality, the usefulness, usability and uptake of their proof of concept products.
It is expected that the framework developed by the successful tenderer will represent a point of reference, if not an internationally recognised standard, for assessing the quality of a climate service and evaluate their usefulness.
Contract duration is 15 months.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 800 000 and 1 000 000 EUR


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


II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:
The procurement for the contract will be conducted in accordance with ECMWF's procedures as set out in ECMWF's Invitation to Tender documents, which will be available on ECMWF's Procurement e-Tender Portal and no other procedures will apply. In submitting this notice ECMWF does not waive the privileges and immunities granted to it by virtue of its status as an Intergovernmental Organisation or submit itself to any jurisdiction.
Tenders must be submitted using ECMWF's eProcurement Portal. Hard copy (paper) submissions will not be accepted.

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:
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: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): Copernicus — The European Earth Observation Programme.


VI.2)Additional information:
Tenders will not be eligible unless they are submitted by persons or entities based or registered in a member state of the EU or in a member state of ECMWF.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: