Guidance

R-Cloud: marketplace for defence science and technology research

Suppliers of science and technology research can sign up to R-Cloud to access opportunities from across the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Join R-Cloud to gain access to security and defence contracting opportunities across all the MOD’s science and technology research areas (capabilities).

We welcome applications from:

  • all types of supplier: non-traditional defence supplier, micro business, small to medium-sized enterprise (SME), academic institution or large organisation
  • UK and international research suppliers

How it works

R-Cloud is different from traditional procurement frameworks, enabling suppliers to:

  • apply quickly and easily using the online application process
  • join at any time during the R-Cloud term, because it’s a dynamic agreement
  • receive targeted invitations to bid for opportunities tailored to your key capabilities and skills
  • access opportunities to contract directly with MOD
  • retain intellectual property rights
  • efficiently take up opportunities using R-Cloud’s smooth online tasking process that includes standardised terms and conditions and tasking forms

Everything is managed using the online R-Cloud service at https://rcloud.dstl.gov.uk/ - from applying to join, to responding to relevant opportunities.

Joining R-Cloud

To join R-Cloud you’ll need to:

  • create an account at https://rcloud.dstl.gov.uk/
  • choose the research areas relevant to your capabilities and skills
  • complete the main application including company details
  • provide a technical statement to explain your organisation’s experience and capabilities
  • submit the completed application

We will then assess your application and you’ll be notified of the outcome through the online service.

How contracts are placed

The R-Cloud tasking process is managed through https://rcloud.dstl.gov.uk/ and it’s fully online - no hard copy paperwork is issued.

We publish task details on the R-Cloud online service using the R-Cloud tasking form, which contains all the information you’ll need to respond to an opportunity.

You will only see opportunities that are relevant to your organisation, because:

  • when suppliers join R-Cloud, you select which research areas are of interest to your organisation
  • when MOD adds new opportunities or ‘tasks’ to R-Cloud, we select the relevant research areas
  • R-Cloud matches your areas of interest with our opportunities to create a shortlist of suppliers who will be invited to respond

About R-Cloud

R-Cloud is run by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) on behalf of the MOD, and it’s just one of a number of ways to sell to or work with us.

Suppliers can apply to become R-Cloud members for any or all of the key capability areas at any time. You will need to meet the required technical and commercial requirements, and accept the R-Cloud standard terms and conditions.

All contracting opportunities placed using R-Cloud will be fundamental and applied research tasks covering Technical Readiness Levels (TRLs) 1 to 6.

Intellectual property rights reside solely with the supplier, with Dstl and the Ministry of Defence having full user rights.

Since 2018 almost 1,000 contracts valued in excess of £164 million have been awarded via R-Cloud and usage and spend are increasing. Our suppliers are from across industry and academia, both UK and internationally based, and more than 70% of R-Cloud suppliers are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Contact us

Dstl R-Cloud

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Porton Down
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP4 0JQ

Published 2 July 2015
Last updated 16 December 2022 + show all updates
  1. R-Cloud is now available again following essential maintenance.

  2. R-Cloud is currently not available to suppliers while we carry out maintenance work. This will take between 3 and 4 weeks, starting from 29 November 2022.

  3. Fully updated R-Cloud information with details of benefits and processes.

  4. Updated URL from https://rcloud-v4.dstl.gov.uk to https://rcloud.dstl.gov.uk/

  5. Added link to R-Cloud portal (beta).

  6. First published.