Published date: 1 December 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: 21 December 2021, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Research and development services and related consultancy services - 73000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

1 December 2021

Closing date

21 December 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

31 January 2022

Contract end date

30 September 2025

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

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

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We wish to engage a contractor to deliver the following services in support of the Spatial modelling and sensitivity mapping of seabirds and marine mammals in UK waters project, with the contract commencing in Winter 2022 and running until spring / summer 2025.
- Collation (and where necessary, cleaning) of datasets relating to seabird and marine mammal abundance and distribution at sea;
- Applying decision rules to existing datasets / data products to determine target areas for new data collection;
- Modelling of seabird and marine mammal data to produce species-specific distribution maps across UK waters;
- Applying (and, where necessary, deriving) sensitivity information to distributional models in order to produce heat maps of environmental risk, integrating this across models for seabirds, marine mammals, and benthic habitats (produced separately to this contract); and
- Inputting to guidance on usage of the outputs and assisting in testing, promoting and publicising the outputs.

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