Published date: 14 March 2017

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: 28 March 2017

Contract summary


  • Research and development services and related consultancy services - 73000000

  • Research and development consultancy services - 73200000

Location of contract

BS15 3PB

Value of contract

£20,000 to £25,000

Procurement reference


Published date

14 March 2017

Closing date

28 March 2017

Contract start date

10 April 2017

Contract end date

28 July 2017

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

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

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



HEFCE, RCUK, Jisc and Wellcome require an understanding of how the higher education sector is progressing towards OA compliance in relation to funder policies. We require further understanding of the tools and systems being utilised by HEIs to fulfil OA compliance needs.

We require a contractor to work with HEFCE, RCUK, Jisc, Wellcome and the HE sector to develop a method to collect appropriate quantitative data on HEI compliance. This must not be unduly burdensome for the institutions to complete and should draw upon existing mechanisms and data where possible. Further detail on the tender requirements can be found in the specification section below.

We anticipate that the eventual data collection will be in the form of an assessment framework (survey) which HEFCE, RCUK, Jisc and Wellcome will deliver in summer 2017.

The assessment framework will be used to gather an understanding of the extent of HEI compliance towards OA. This information will be used for policy implementation and HE sector benchmark purposes. We also expect this project to inform us of the challenges HEIs face when complying with the OA agenda and this intelligence will be used in future system development

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Is a Recurrent Procurement Type? : No

About the buyer

Contact name

Claire Forkner


Stoke Gifford
South Gloucestershire
BS15 3PB
United Kingdom