UK-Swindon: Project management consultancy services.

UK-Swindon: Project management consultancy services.

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1) Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
UK Research & Innovation, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 7563420665, Email:
Contact: Elizabeth Gage
Main Address:

I.2) Joint procurement:
The contract involves joint procurement: No
In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law: Not Provided
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: Yes

I.4)Type of the contracting authority:
Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity:
Other activity: Research

Section II: Object Of The Contract

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title: UKRI-2310 Hub Function for the UK Rare Disease Research Platform
Reference number: Not Provided

II.1.2) Main CPV code:
72224000 - Project management consultancy services.

II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES

II.1.4) Short description: The UK Rare Disease Research Platform (UK-RDRP) is being established by MRC and NIHR to connect and enhance the UK’s strengths in rare disease research. Rare diseases are defined as diseases with a prevalence of less than one in 2000 individuals, and include disease of genetic and non-genetic origins. The aim of the Platform is to underpin greater collaboration between academic, clinical and industry research with essential patients, research charities and other stakeholders to accelerate the understanding, diagnosis and therapy of rare diseases. The Platform will support networking and activities that enable research and will comprise a number of challenge-led thematic nodes (each led by UK research organisations, e.g. universities), with a single, integrated platform Hub.

II.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: No

II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value: 749,376


II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
Not Provided

II.2.3) Place of performance
Nuts code:

Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4) Description of the procurement: This procurement exercise will commission a Hub function for the UK-RDRP, with following objectives: •Coordinate and bring cohesion to the Platform •Establish and maintain a website, mailing lists and social media presence for the Platform •Provide a point of contact for external stakeholders •Administer the Platform. The Hub will support a set of around 10 -12 nodes (each of which will do networking and enabling science within a specified subset of rare disease research (a ‘domain’)) as well as providing a broad service to all UK rare disease research interests. The Nodes, Hub and all stakeholders and related interests will collectively form the Platform (the UK-RDRP). The nodes will be funded via an open call, launching in August 2022 with decisions in March 2023 and nodes starting work in May-June 2023. The Platform is co-funded by MRC and NIHR, following MRC processes unless stated otherwise. The Platform is one of the activities that will support the national Rare Disease Framework, in particular the ‘pioneering research’ theme The Platform will be managed by a Platform Executive Board (including the funders, node directors, stakeholders and independent members).

II.2.5) Award criteria:
Not Provided

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

II.2.14) Additional information: Not Provided

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure: Open

IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement: No

IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction has been used: No

IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: No

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJEU: 2022/S 000-029345

IV.2.9) Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice
The contracting authority will not award any further contracts based on the above prior information notice: No

Section V: Award of contract

Award Of Contract (No.1)

Contract No: Not Provided
Lot Number: Not Provided
Title: Not Provided

A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

V.2) Award of contract

V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 03/05/2023

V.2.2) Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 4
Number of tenders received from SMEs: Not Provided
Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received by electronic means: Not Provided

V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No

Contractor (No.1)
The University of Newcastle upon Tyne, N/A
King's Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, United Kingdom
The contractor is an SME: No

V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 750,000
Total value of the contract/lot: 749,376
Currency: GBP

V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
The contract is likely to be subcontracted: No

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3) Additional information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.
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VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body
UK Research and Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom

VI.4.3) Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures: Not Provided

VI.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
Not Provided

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice: 24/05/2023