Published date: 22 June 2021

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 15 July 2021, 2pm

Contract summary


  • Research and development consultancy services - 73200000

  • Business and management consultancy and related services - 79400000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

22 June 2021

Closing date

15 July 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

2 August 2021

Contract end date

3 December 2021

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

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The final date and time for the submission of bids is Thursday 15th July 2021 at 14:00.

DO NOT apply directly to the buyer.

All tender information MUST be submitted through the Delta eSourcing Portal.

Brief Description of Requirement

UKRI NERC is seeking an academic or a small academic team in biodiversity/conservation science, environmental economics and/or related interdisciplinary research to provide short-term research and innovation focussed academic expertise to ensure the forthcoming Economics of Biodiversity strategic research programme supports recent developments in the area and is appropriately structured to deliver to these developments as well as its identified goals.

The Pre-programme Adviser will critically review and revise the existing concept for a new research programme The Economics of Biodiversity, which is intended to address key research questions where investment could make a step change in this area. The Pre-programme Adviser will provide expertise to inform NERC planning of programme activities to ensure the programme will deliver its goals.

The Contract duration shall be for a period of four months, from August 2021 to December 2021 with the option to extend for an additional month on a time-only basis for completion of non-time critical deliverables.

For full details of the requirement please refer to the Invitation to Quote documentation available to download from within this notice and the Delta eSourcing Portal.

More information



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Please disregard any content in this notice that requests your organisation "to apply directly to the buyer" as this unfortunately a system generated error that is outside of the Contracting Authority's control.

How to Apply:

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 and follow the instructions to register.

If you are already registered on the Delta eSourcing Portal and wish to participate in this procurement, please use the link: and the follow the instructions to 'Login'

Once you are logged into the system you will be able to link yourself into this procurement using the Access Code: P28NN537AA

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.

All submissions will be assessed in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, for procurement values that exceed Regulation 5 (Threshold amounts)

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.

About UK Shared Business Services

UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) brings a commercial attitude to the public sector; helping our contracting authorities to improve efficiency, generate savings and modernise.

Where UK SBS is not named as the Contracting Authority within the documentation, UK SBS will be acting as an agent on behalf of the Contracting Authority.

Our broad range of expert services is shared by our customers. This allows our customers the freedom to focus resources on core activities; innovating and transforming their own organisations.

About the buyer

Contact name

James Medici


Polaris House, North Star Avenue