UK-Swindon: Research and development services and related consultancy services.

UK-Swindon: Research and development services and related consultancy services.

Preliminary Questions
This notice is for prior information only: Yes
This notice aims at reducing time-limits for receipt of tenders: No
This notice is a call for competition: No

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1) Name and addresses:
UK Research & Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1793442000, Email:
Main Address:
NUTS Code: UKK14
Specifications and additional documents: As Above
I.2) Joint procurement:
The contract involves joint procurement: No.
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: No .

I.3) Communication
Further information can be obtained from: the above mentioned address

I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5) Main activity:
Other activity: Research and innovation

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement - 1
II.1.1) Title: Innovation Support Service for Defra Farming Innovation Programme on-farm trials
Reference number: UKRI-3131
II.1.2) Common Procurement Vocabulary:
73000000 - Research and development services and related consultancy services.
FG17-0 - For use in agriculture
II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES
II.1.4) Short description:
To implement and operate a farmer-focused, expert support service, that will assist farmers, growers and foresters in England to understand the grant system and apply for funding under Fund 3 of the Defra Farming Innovation Programme. Fund 3 grants focus on farmer-led, on-farm trials and demonstration of new technology systems and approaches. The support service will need to be in place by 2024 and is expected to operate for a period of around 4 to 5 years.
II.1.5) Estimated total value: Not Provided
II.1.6) Information about lots:
This contract is divided into lots: No
Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: Not Provided
The contracting authority reserves the right to award contracts combining the following lots or groups of lots: Not Provided

II.2) Lot Description
II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
71313000 - Environmental engineering consultancy services.
II.2.3) Place of performance:
Region Codes:
UKK14 - Swindon
II.2.4) Description of the procurement:
The innovation support service core functions include: •Provide a positive first point of contact experience for farmers, growers and foresters interested in the Fund 3 programme. Ensure that applicants are provided with comprehensive advice regarding Fund 3 competitions or signposting to other services if more relevant to their enquiry. •Develop standards for, and maintain, a registry of consultants / ‘innovation managers’ who will be able to assist farmers, growers and forester to develop their ideas into robust on-farm trials and help them complete Fund 3 grant applications. •Maximise the impact of the projects by creating accessible documents/videos summarising the latest best practice advice and guidance on how to structure and manage on-farm trials, manage peer to peer knowledge exchange and other relevant topics. •Support evaluation and analysis of on-farm trial results into appropriate formats that can be shared with the wider agricultural community. Collate specific performance metrics to share with UKRI Innovate UK and Defra.
II.2.14) Additional information
Not Provided

II.3) Estimated Date of publication

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description
IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA )
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) - YES

Section VI: Complementary Information
VI.3) Additional Information:
If you would like to express an interest in relation to this requirement, please send an email with the title “UKRI-3131 IUK Defra Innovation Support Services – Expression of Interest” to Please include your company name and contact details in this email. There will be a Supplier Event in relation to this requirement on Tuesday 05th September 2023 to present the aims of the project and the procurement process. It will also give suppliers a chance to ask any questions. The event will take place via Zoom from 10am until 11:30am. If you wish to attend the Supplier Event, please register here
Please register no later than 11.30am on Friday 1st September 2023.
Details on how to join the event will be sent to you via email following registration.
Please note, all suppliers that express an interest in this requirement will receive all the information that is shared at the Supplier Event, even if they cannot attend.
To view this notice, please click here:
GO-2023727-PRO-23508394 TKR-2023727-PRO-23508393

VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 27/07/2023