UK-Swindon: Research services.

UK-Swindon: Research 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, Swindon, SN2 1UH, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 01793867000, Email:
Contact: MRC Procurement
Main Address:
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

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement - 1
II.1.1) Title: UKRI-3835 National Capability for Behavioural Research (NCBR) Evaluation
Reference number: UKRI-3835
II.1.2) Common Procurement Vocabulary:
73110000 - Research services.
II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES
II.1.4) Short description:
This Prior Information Notice (PIN) is a market engagement to inform regarding the requirement for the sourcing of National Capability for Behavioural Research NCBR) Evaluation, briefly detailed in Section 2. For clarity, this PIN is not a Call for Competition. Not registering an interest shall not prevent any organisation from participating in any potential future procurement, nor is it intended that any information supplied as part of the preliminary market consultation shall place any organisation at an advantage in any potential future procurement process.
II.1.5) Estimated total value:
Value excluding VAT (give figures only) : 387,500 - GBP
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.2.3) Place of performance:
Region Codes:
II.2.4) Description of the procurement:
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are seeking suppliers for the design and delivery of an evaluation of its National Capability for Behavioural Research (NCBR) programme, which runs from 2023 to 2028. NCBR aims to build world-leading capability in interdisciplinary behavioural research and is being delivered through a ‘hub and spokes’ model. ESRC has invested an initial £17 million to date in the ‘hub’ - Behavioural Research UK (BR-UK) – and a first spoke - Centre for Doctoral Training and Research Excellence in Understanding Behaviour (CENTRE-UB), a Centre for Doctoral Training Plus (CDT+). Further spokes are likely to be established. NCBR is a key strategic investment for ESRC, aiming to grow researcher capacity and generate policy and practice relevant research related to human behaviour that has real world impact. There are four key activity areas: connecting and strengthening relationships between academic and wider stakeholders; increasing the use and linkage of existing data and data infrastructure; advancing interdisciplinary research and innovation in theory and methods; and training and professional development. This Prior Information Notice (PIN) is intended to notify suppliers of this upcoming procurement opportunity that will be advertised through the Crown Commercial Service RM6126 Research and Insights Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). Only suppliers registered under the following categories will be eligible to submit bids upon launch: Evaluation and Evidence Synthesis: Impact evaluation, Theory-based impact evaluation (incl. Theories of Change (ToC) and Logic Modelling), Process evaluation; Data Collection Method(general): Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed method (qualitative and quantitative);Data Collection Method (qual specific):Case studies. For additional details on this DPS, please visit Interested bidders are strongly encouraged to register as a DPS supplier using the provided link and complete the DPS Registration. It is essential to note that this DPS is managed by CCS and not UKRI. Therefore, for any technical assistance, please direct queries to the CCS customer services team, available Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, via email at or by telephone at 0345 410 2222. To register your interest as a supplier for this DPS, please use the following link:
II.2.14) Additional information
Please note that the supplier registration process for DPS RM 6126 takes 15 working days.

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:
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VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 20/03/2024