Research into Integrated Survivability (IS) and Platform Systems (PS) is the new focus of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) contracting framework, R-Cloud (Research-Cloud).
Following previous calls for suppliers, the R-Cloud framework is now moving onto its fourth capability call.
Dstl spends around £15 million on IS and PS research each year. It is now inviting suppliers to join R-Cloud to gain access to Dstl’s latest research requirements in these areas. Further roll out, across Dstl’s other capability areas, is expected during 2015.
Suppliers working in the areas of Integrated Survivability or Platform Systems can apply to be part of R-Cloud via the Defence Contracts Online (DCO) pre-qualification portal from 12 November until 10 December 2014. Access is via the DCO response manager using the following access codes. Platform Systems: GJ2XQDNZPF, Integrated Survivability: NB6355B687
New users will need to create a supplier account within the DCO portal in order to access each contracting opportunity and provide the necessary pre-qualification information.
If successful, suppliers will then be considered for future R-Cloud IS or PS 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:
R-Cloud is really beginning to establish itself as a marketplace for Science and Technology research. We have successfully completed three calls for suppliers within the technical areas of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN); Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and Counter Terrorism and Security (CT&S). I am pleased we are now in a position to move into this new area. R-Cloud needs a broad supplier base across all its capability areas, so I would encourage suppliers to look at these latest opportunities.
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