The agreement allows for high quality research and technical advice to be efficiently commissioned in an open and transparent manner in priority areas relevant to our marine management decision making. Eight lots covering technical advice and research on specific topics have been included.
Eighteen consultants have been selected through a rigorous process to provide these services. The framework services are also available to a number of our partners. This is an important development in procuring high quality science, evidence and technical advice to support the decision making in MMO operational functions, which needs to be based on the best available evidence. The framework is a mechanism to ensure value for money for our evidence commissions until 2016.