Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
Procurement Services — Commercial Division, Finance and Group Operations Directorate, Premier House, 60 Caversham Road
Contact person: John Cook
NUTS code: UK
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health/about/procurement
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
II.1)Scope of the procurement
Research and Development Competition(s) to Develop Veterinary Vaccines and Alternatives to Antibiotics to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance for the Benefit of People in Low and Middle Income Countries.
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
Delivery partner to help design, run and manage potential international scientific competition(s), with onward responsibility for monitoring award recipients and managing the overall award portfolio.
The focus of the competition(s) will be to invest in research and development to support the development of vaccines and alternative treatments for animals in order to combat antimicrobial resistance. This is focussed on projects which are primarily and directly for the benefit of people in low and middle income countries.
II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
The purpose of this notice is to gather market intelligence to inform policy options development.
We are interested in appointing a delivery partner to help design, run and manage potential international scientific competition(s), with onward responsibility for monitoring award recipients and managing the overall award portfolio.
The focus of the competition(s) will be to invest in research and development to support the development of vaccines and alternative treatments for animals in order to combat antimicrobial resistance. This is focussed on projects which are primarily and directly for the benefit of people in low and middle income countries (LMICS).
In order to deliver this we will require 3 essential capabilities:
— running and designing scientific / R&D competitions with monitor of recipients;
— issue and manage international payments to research organisations; and
— have substantial in-house expertise in the science or product development of veterinary vaccinology for the benefit of people in LMICS.
The authority is interested to receive your comments as to whether these essential capabilities could be delivered by a single provider, including your organisation. Please can you describe how you have delivered similar requirements in the past and what aspects would be appropriate to replicate here.
We would also be grateful if you could provide contact details of partners you have worked with who might be able to tell us more about how similar competitions have been designed and conducted in the past.
Please note that any delivery partner could be required to conduct and manage potential competition(s) in line with cabinet office grant standards. The authority is seeking information as to whether the relevant providers in the market are in principle able to comply with the principles set out in the standards available at the following link — https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/grants-standards
Suppliers that have an interest in engaging with the authority should express an interest via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by end of Monday 2.10.2017 ensuring they have provided comments on the above requirements.
Contract value will be based on the number of projects managed, therefore the value could range between 500 000 GBP to 1 000 000 GBP over the life of the programme.
Contract duration will be approximately between 36 to 48 months in total including both competition(s) and then onward management and monitoring of awards.
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
Section VI: Complementary information
This notice is for Information only and the Department reserves the right to not proceed to tender, additionally the Department reserves the right to discontinue the tendering process and not to award the contract. The information contained in this notice, including information relating to the nature and scope of the requirements, the estimated value, the service classification of this requirement or the list of CPV codes, is only indicative of current thinking and is neither exhaustive nor binding and the Authority reserves the right at its absolute discretion to amend it at the time of issue of any further notice or notices or at any other time. The publication of this notice in no way obliges the Authority to commence any competitive tender process. The Authority is not / shall not be liable for any costs incurred by those expressing an interest in participating in this market engagement exercise. Any contracts subject to http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/ content/transparencyoverview.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: