Following the successful pilot of a new commercial framework for research contracts known as R-Cloud (Research Cloud), the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is now seeking suppliers within the area of Counter Terrorism and Security (CT&S).
This is the second of nine capability areas to offer research opportunities through R-Cloud, which provides easy-to-use, direct access to current and future research requirements. Further roll out, across Dstl’s other capability areas, is expected over the coming months.
Suppliers working in the area of Counter Terrorism and Security can apply to be part of R-Cloud via the Defence Contracts Online (DCO) pre-qualification portal from 3 September until 1 October 2014 - see ‘R-Cloud Framework CT&S’ contract opportunity. Access is via the DCO response manager using the access code: 5J37KNWT28.
New users will need to create a supplier account within the DCO portal in order to access this contracting opportunity and provide the necessary pre-qualification information.
If successful, suppliers will then be considered for future R-Cloud CT&S research contract opportunities with mini-competitions being run where suppliers will be invited to express interest and tender for different tasks.
Dstl’s R-Cloud Project Manager, Neil Higson, said: “Dstl places a significant amount of research contracts every year with industry and academia. R-Cloud will eventually provide a commercial marketplace for research opportunities across the spectrum of Dstl’s capability areas, with a contracting mechanism that will significantly help expedite the placement of research contracts and broaden the supplier base.”
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