Published date: 20 October 2023

Last edited date: 20 October 2023

This notice was replaced on 20 October 2023

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Opportunity (published 20 October 2023, last edited 30 November 2023)

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Contract summary


  • Agricultural, farming, fishing, forestry and related products - 03000000

  • Research services - 73110000

  • Research consultancy services - 73210000

    • Environmental services - 90700000

Location of contract


Value of contract

£0 to £250,000

Procurement reference


Published date

20 October 2023

Closing date

30 November 2023

Closing time


Contract start date

1 April 2024

Contract end date

31 March 2028

Contract type

Not applicable

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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Tests and Trials provide evidence to help shape the development and delivery the environmental land management schemes and others that are part of the Farming and Countryside Programme. They are aimed at conducting research to contribute to our understanding of how parts of environmental land management schemes (Sustainable Farming Incentive, Countryside Stewardship and Landscape Recovery) work in a real-life environment. We are using Tests and Trials to support the delivery of the schemes by working with farmers to identify issues and develop solutions. Our work also feeds into wider policy areas.

Costs will be awarded based on funds from the Reimbursement Fund. Proposal holders will be responsible for the implementation of their test and/or trial. We have agreed to make limited funding available to meet some of the expenses incurred to enable proposal holders to implement their proposals, and to help them meet the costs to deliver their test or trial.

We will only support proposal holders to conduct trials where we need to provide evidence and learning of the feasibility of new or innovative delivery mechanisms, such as reverse auctions and payments by results. Please see attachment 6 for more information

More information

Previous notice about this procurement

Farming and Countryside Programme: Tests and Trials

  • Opportunity
  • Published 20 October 2023


About the buyer

Contact name

Samantha Lee


Noble Street, 17 Smith Square