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Research Marketplace

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is developing a procurement solution for research services, which will take into account the impending expiry of a number of government frameworks during 2017 and 2018.

Market and customer engagement began in May 2017, which included the release of two Prior Information Notices seeking engagement from research agencies.  As a result of this two new agreements will be set up. The OJEU for Behavioural Insights framework was published on 6 October and further information on this framework can be found here.

The solution for a broader range of research services covering market, social and economic research will be based on a DPS system. The contract notice for this is now planned for early 2018.


Feedback from our pre-market engagement told us that the new solution needs to be:

  • Flexible and a simple bid process for agencies
  • Focussed on quality, with flexibility to adapt weightings
  • Able to deliver solutions for a broad range of clients
  • Underpinned by robust guidance and support for clients and agencies
  • Able to meet government's changing needs

This solution will cover the full range of services and capabilities required by central government and associated bodies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In addition this vehicle will provide for the requirements of the wider public sector including education, health, local government, housing, policing, third sector voluntary and charity bodies and other not-for-profit organisations.

The new agreement will reflect the latest developments in the marketplace as well as traditional methods. Appointed agencies will be able to provide an extensive range of services and capabilities to help HM Government engage with society, improving its understanding of attitudes and the impact of policies.  

There will be no maximum number of research agencies appointed to the system, and agencies will be able to join or leave at any time.

Engagement to date

Supplier survey

Interested agencies were  invited to take part in a pre-market engagement survey

The survey closed on 30 June 2017.

Engagement events

Interested agencies were also invited to attend an engagement sessions. Details below:

16th June 2017

Admiralty House, Westminster, London SW1A

AM 10am - 12 Noon

PM - 2pm - 4pm.

19th June 2017

Regus London Victoria Greycoat, London, SW1P 1SB

AM 10 am - 12 Noon

PM 2pm - 4pm.

If you have any questions and would like to contact a member of the team, please email: research[at][dot]uk

Important links

We will update the important links below, at each stage of the project, adding to this page as information for buyers and suppliers is released.

Prior Information Notice (PIN)

View PIN

Contract Notice

Not yet released

Tender Pack

Not yet released