Published date: 23 July 2020

Last edited date: 29 July 2020

This notice was replaced on 3 November 2021

This notice does not contain the most up-to-date information about this procurement. The most recent notice is:

Opportunity (published 3 November 2021, last edited 25 April 2023)

Closed future opportunity - This means that a potential contract has passed its approach to market date. A buyer can choose to consider any supplier interest or convert this notice into an opportunity ready for live procurement.

Contract summary


  • Research and development services and related consultancy services - 73000000

  • Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security - 79000000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

23 July 2020

Approach to market date

1 October 2021

Contract start date

16 February 2022

Contract end date

16 February 2026

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

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

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

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as the Authority intends to put in place a DPS agreement for the provision of Research Marketplace services to be utilised by Central Government Departments and all other UK Public Sector Bodies, including Local Authorities, Health, Police, Fire and Rescue, Education and Devolved Administrations and Charities.
It is intended that this DPS agreement will be the recommended vehicle for research and behavioural insights services required by UK Central Government Departments.

This agreement will be for the social, economic and market research services, along with policy analysis, development and advice, service insight, design, delivery and organisational reform. Associated additional services will also be included.

This is the replacement DPS agreement for RM6018.

More information

Spend profile

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Financial year Budget
2022/2023 £75,000,000
2023/2024 £75,000,000
2024/2025 £75,000,000
2025/2026 £75,000,000

Additional text

We would like to conduct market engagement with suppliers who operate in the research services and insights market to gain a greater understanding of the marketplace.

If you are interested in participating in market engagement please express your interest by emailing no later than midday on Friday 04.09.2020.

Your email must clearly state:
1) Organisation name;
2) Contact name;
3) Job title of contact (including responsibility within your organisation);
4) Contact phone number;
5) Contact email;
6) Organisation website link.
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) will use an eSourcing system for this competition and reserves the right to use an electronic auction. The eSourcing system we will use is [].

Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so.

The date in II.3) is the estimated date of publication, please refer to the CCS pipeline page for updates and monitor Tenders Electronic Daily for the publication of the OJEU contract notice.

Please be advised that in preparation to participate in this competition for this framework that:

The Cyber Essentials scheme is mandatory for Central Government Contracts which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services. The Government is taking steps to further reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain through the Cyber Essentials scheme. The scheme defines a set of controls which, when properly implemented, will provide organisations with basic protection from the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet.

To participate in the procurement for the RM6126 Research Marketplace 2, bidders will be required to demonstrate that they comply with the technical requirements prescribed by Cyber Essentials [Plus] for the services under and in connection with the procurement.

The bidder may be awarded a framework contract but shall not enter into any call off contracts with buyers until they are able to demonstrate to CCS that they meet the technical requirements prescribed by the Cyber Essentials [Plus] Scheme for services under and in connection with this procurement.

The service that arise from this framework will involve the supplier holding material that has been assigned a protective marking under the Government Security Classifications Scheme (April 2014) of OFFICIAL. It will be a condition of this contract that this material must be protected. Baseline protection controls are defined in ISO27001:2013 and further defined by the Security Policy Framework

About the buyer

Contact name

The Minister for the Cabinet Office acting through Crown Commercial Service


9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street
L3 9PP


+44 3450103503