Published date: 11 December 2017

This notice was replaced on 21 March 2018

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

Awarded contract (published 21 March 2018)

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Contract summary


  • Research and development consultancy services - 73200000

  • Market and economic research; polling and statistics - 79300000

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference

UK SBS BLOJEU-CR17115MRC - Review of the MRC-DFID Concordat

Published date

11 December 2017

Closing date

22 January 2018

Contract start date

22 February 2018

Contract end date

22 May 2018

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 Monday 22nd January 2018 at 14:00

DO NOT apply directly to the buyer. Please disregard any content in this notice that requests your organisation 'to apply directly to the buyer' as this unfortunately is a system generated error that is outside of the Contracting Authorities control.

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

The MRC and the Department for International Development (DFID) have a Concordat agreement to support UK-led biomedical and public health research to tackle the priority health problems of poor people in developing countries. Expected outputs from the programme include:
High quality biomedical and health research (including clinical trials) with a focus on translational and implementation research, relevant to low and middle income countries. This research can include capacity development, translational and implementation research, public health research, health services research and health systems research.
High quality treatment and prevention research (including clinical trials) into HIV and AIDS, TB, malaria and other neglected tropical diseases, conducted in low income countries with matched funding through European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
Capacity development activities to strengthen the scientific research base for both individuals and institutions, particularly in Sub Saharan Africa
Deliverables that should be provided throughout the review should include:
Clear description of research methodologies to be used (before implementation)
Regular updates on emerging findings and project progress
Presentation to share findings with DFID and MRC, including PowerPoint.
Quality assured final report (see below for further detail)
Five case study narratives (see below for further detail)
Please ensure you review all attached information to ensure a full understanding of this requirement. All attachments can be found with the RFx attachments tab within the Emptoris System.

This contract will be awarded based on the evaluation criteria set out in the ITQ document.

How to Apply

As part of the strategic alliance between UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS), UK SBS will be using the CCS eSourcing Suite for this procurement.

To register on the CCS eSourcing portal please follow the details contained within the Additional Information section of this notice.

If you are already registered on the CCS eSourcing portal and wish to register your interest in this opportunity please email;

Your email must clearly state:
• the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for;
• the name of the registered Bidder;
• the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email.

More information



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

Responses must be received by the date in the bid documents.

Responses received outside or concurrently using the eSourcing process will not be accepted or considered further for this opportunity.

How to Register on the CCS eSourcing Suite

Full details of this opportunity can be found on the e-sourcing portal please follow instructions below. If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at by following the link 'Register for CCS eSourcing'.

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.

Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by emailing

Your email must clearly state:
• name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for;
• name of the registered Bidder;
• name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email.

Crown Commercial Service will process the email and then enable the Bidder to access the procurement online via the e-Sourcing Suite. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done. The Sourcing documents can then be accessed on the eSourcing Suite at: using the instructions detailed in the Specification documents within Contracts Finder.

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Please note it is your responsibility to access these emails on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information.

For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact Crown Commercial Service Helpdesk: Telephone: 0345 010 3503

Training documents to support Bidders to utilise Emptoris CCS eSourcing are available in the Contracts Finder Tender documents section.

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