Niteworks was established by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide a commercially neutral environment in which to address complex Defence challenges through a partnership between MOD, industry and academia.


Update on the Niteworks competitive tendering process

On Friday 16 November 2018 the Niteworks Replacement invitation to negotiate (ITN) was issued to tenderers, the Authority will not share details of the ITN to any other company. The names of the tenderers in receipt of the ITN have been published on Defence Contracts Online.

The contract notice for Niteworks R was published on Defence Contracts Online on 1 November 2017. Interested companies were given until 15 December 2017 to submit an expression of interest by providing a set of required documents in order to qualify to receive the draft ITN.

In August 2018, a Niteworks Replacement draft ITN was issued to companies who qualified to bid for the Niteworks Replacement contract.

As the expression of interest deadline passed some time ago, we are not accepting any further applications and are unable to share either the draft or final version of the ITN documentation to companies who did not meet the criteria set out in the contract notice.

Organisations interested in joining the Niteworks membership noting that signing up to the membership will commence between ITN release and contract award are invited to register their interest at

Niteworks 3 contract ends

The Niteworks 3 contract ceased in accordance with the original contract timetable on 31 March 2018. As a consequence we will no longer be processing any new applications for the Niteworks 3 partnership.

The MOD remains fully committed to the benefits of the Niteworks partnership and the pan-industry approach. The requirement for a Niteworks (Replacement) has been endorsed by the Front Line Commands and Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is working to deliver a successor core service as soon as possible, although this will be later in the financial year.

The Niteworks (Replacement) project was notified in the Defence Bulletin Contract Notice in November 2017, along with an industry briefing day on 25 January 2018. The MOD will be maintaining on-going engagement across the Niteworks partnership until the Niteworks (Replacement) project is in place. Should you wish to express an interest in joining the partnership at any subsequent opportunity please contact

What we do

Niteworks is a cost effective, impartial, sustainable and responsive evidence based support capability drawing together a broad spectrum of knowledge and expertise from industry, the MOD and academia in a collaborative environment to analyse and address security and defence issues. This could include but may not be limited to concept demonstration, experimentation, impartial perspectives into capability decisions, requirements de-risking and shaping and informing decisions across the defence lines of development (DLOD).

Contact Us

If you have any questions or queries you can contact us by email at, when emailing please identify whether your query is regarding Niteworks 3 or Niteworks Replacement.

Niteworks Replacement

Niteworks 3: What you need to know

Niteworks 3: case studies

  1. Niteworks 3: Prototyping a Rapid Messaging system for MOD
  2. Niteworks 3: Transforming the delivery of the UK’s Air ISTAR capability
  3. Niteworks 3: Improving Ground Based Air Defence
  4. Niteworks 3: Enhancing detection equipment to reduce risk to life
  5. Niteworks 3: Enabling MOD to take advantage of the IT revolution: The Brockworks Programme
  6. Niteworks 3: Rapidly upgrading Submarine Combat Systems
  7. Niteworks 3: Informing Acquisition for Future Aircraft Refuelling Capability
  8. Niteworks 3: improving support solutions for explosive ordnance disposal equipment
  9. Niteworks 3: Improving Army capability delivery through industry best practice
  10. Niteworks 3: Shaping Combat Service Support for Army 2020 and beyond
  11. Niteworks 3: Developing Joint Battlespace Management capability
  12. Niteworks 3: Exploiting Open Source Intelligence through innovation
  13. Niteworks 3: The Capability Concept Demonstrator
  14. Niteworks 3: Improving performance whilst reducing costs
  15. Niteworks 3: Supporting the MOD’s cyber capability
  16. Niteworks 3: Generating effective capability through experimentation
Published 28 March 2018
Last updated 26 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated announcement on the Update on the Niteworks competitive tendering process.
  2. Updated the announcements section with confirmation about the end of the contract tendering process.
  3. Updated information about the Niteworks Replacement programme.
  4. Added an announcement about the Niteworks competitive tendering process.
  5. Added new shared mailbox contact details.
  6. First published.