Services - 491705-2019

18/10/2019    S202

United Kingdom-London: Programming services of application software

2019/S 202-491705

Contract notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Health Data Research UK
Postal address: Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road
Town: London
Postal code: NW1 2BE
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2033711393
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: National institute for health data science

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Health Data Research Innovation Gateway Technology Partnership

Reference number: 2019.45
II.1.2)Main CPV code
72212000 Programming services of application software
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Health Data Research UK is seeking a technology partner to design, deliver and operate the Health Data Research Innovation Gateway – a web application to enable researchers and innovators to search for, request access to, and analyse UK health research data held by data custodians in Trusted Research Environments. This project will be delivered as an agile, design-led project delivered collaborative with Health Data Research UK, the Health Data Research Alliance and a wide range of external stakeholders. This work offers a unique opportunity to work in partnership to deliver a game changing portal for health research and innovation.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
72212461 Analytical or scientific software development services
72212783 Content management software development services
72322000 Data management services
II.2.3)Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) is the national institute for health data science. Its mission is to unite the UK's health data to enable discoveries that improve people's lives. By working in partnership with the NHS, industry, academia, patients and the public, and providing safe and secure access to rich health data, it aims to better understand diseases and discover new ways to prevent, treat and cure them. HDR UK is leading the development and delivery of the UK-wide Digital Innovation Hub Programme which is co-funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ICSF). For more information visit

As part of the digital innovation hub programme, HDR UK is seeking to create the Health Data Research Innovation Gateway (‘Gateway’), a web application that will enable researchers and innovators to find and request access to Health Research Data; supporting the analysis of data by industry and academia. The Gateway will not store or hold health data, which will be held by data custodians in secure and accredited Trusted Research Environments with all analysis conducted in these environments. The Gateway will hold the business and technical metadata associated with the datasets to support a rich data discovery experience.

Development of a minimal viable product for selected Gateway functions is underway and is scheduled to be complete in January 2020. HDR UK is now seeking a technology partner to design, develop and operate the full Gateway commencing 30.4.2020 until 30.4.2022. The partner may be a single supplier or a consortium of suppliers with a single lead organisation. The partner will have best-in-class skills in designing and developing complex solutions while working with Agile methodology, with a commitment to HDR UK’s Development Principles, in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including patients and the public; operating web-based production environments to a service level agreement; managing health data for research and innovation while ensuring data security and full regulatory compliance; and developing solutions for search and discovery across metadata and data held by third-party data custodians.

Further information about the Gateway can be found on our website at Detailed requirements for the Gateway and the procurement process are provided in the Health Data Research Technology Partnership Specification

Suppliers that are interested in applying to undertake this work should complete the standard selection questionnaire (SQ) located at

Those considered a suitable match for the partnership through the evaluation of the SQ will be invited to submit a proposal document. Following the evaluation of proposals, a shortlist of no more than 6 suppliers will be invited to interview.

Following interviews, a shortlist of no more than 3 applicants will be invited to take part in a rapid development exercise. This will take place over 8 weeks and will involve the shortlisted applicants working independently to build and test a specified functional component of the Gateway. The HDR UK team will work alongside each applicant over this period and the work will be remunerated according to the contract for this task. Following completion of this task, HDR UK will select a partner based on the completed component and the experience over the rapid development period.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Maximum number: 6
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

Suppliers are required to adhere to the development principles and milestones outlined in the specification document. This includes a requirement for ongoing patient and public engagement and involvement.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Innovation partnership
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 15/11/2019
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 22/11/2019
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:

(MT Ref:217729)

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: Health Data Research UK
Postal address: Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road
Town: London
Postal code: NW1 2BE
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2033711393
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: